While Trump thinks of a wall on the Mexican border (3200 km long) to contain the arrival of illegal immigrants – so called by the newly elected – thousands of displaced people in Haiti trying to reach Mexico with the hope of entering the United States with political asylum. From the middle of 2016 Tijuana is a border city near the California, which is seen transformed by the arrival of hundreds of people. However, the US authorities permitted the entrance only a few dozen.Rather the anticipation of the new president is to repatriate at least 3 million undocumented. But local congregations continued to welcome and to find new spaces in front of thousands of people arrived in October after a long trip from the island devastated by natural disasters.
But why Haitians run away? Which scenario is presented today in the poorest countries among the Continent? “As we got closer to Marché Léon in Jérémie, the landscape in front of us was ever more apocalyptic”,said three young of twenty-five years, Marta, Simon and Cecilia, white helmets of the Pope John XXIII association, a civilian peace corps, arrived in Haiti two weeks after Hurricane Matthew to help the population for the next 10 months. “A few days ago we saw with our own eyes the destroyed houses, roofs (often made of sheet metal) torn, uprooted trees and palms and streets transformed into rivers. The faces we met were different from each other: who smiled at us and who, as a protest and to attract our attention, was blocking the road in order to obtain the aid. ”
After the 2010 earthquake that killed 230 thousand people, the Caribbean island in the days between 2 and 6 October was in fact hit by the hurricane that caused almost a thousand dead and 200 thousand displaced. According to international organizations, a million and a half people – half of whom are children – they need immediate assistance. The risk of malnutrition is a problem particularly for children under 5 years. Moreover, 80 percent of harvests in the districts of Grand’Anse, Nippes, South East, West, Artibonite and Northwest have been destroyed and are also drowned 90 percent of the animals bred by Haitians.The government, worried to arrive as soon as the polls having already postponed several times the general election, has enabled the Centres of Operations of Urgences départementaux (Coud), to give a quick response particularly in the coastal zones tormented by Hurricane with winds of 220 km / h. But it is not enough.
“On this trip, we had the food kits and medicines to be distributed through the ‘mobile clinic’ in Cafou Anri and Fonbaya. The roads we have traveled to reach the places of intervention have opened our eyes to the dramatic consequences of Matthew because most of them were so devastated as to become inaccessible.We were struck however to see that the same Haitians were willing to clean up, even with their bare hands, the roads just to make us reach places otherwise inaccessible “.The population is in fact desperately looking for food that does not come with enough humanitarian aid. Last week Caritas Internationalis had already sounded the alarm pointing out the urgency of interventions in support of Caritas Haiti and the many religious congregations in the affected areas.In addition to the essential items, the population needs prevention to avoid outbreaks of cholera and malaria due to the conditions of extreme poverty especially in rural areas where people live in the open and under constant rain sky.It would need seeds and seedlings start to grow, boats and nets to restart the fishing and wood to rebuild the roofs and walls of houses.
The welcome house where Marta Simon and Cecilia started their voluntary service, is located in the Croix de Bousquet area, outskirts of Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, where the Community has been operating since 2011 in collaboration with the Fathers Scalabriniani, the Dominican nuns and Caritas.Their daily work is to support very poor families, in the majority composed of single mothers with children, developing after-school activities and cooking workshops, vegetable garden design. It is also guaranteed school to children contributing to the payment of registration and all necessary materials.Despite being more than 150 kilometers away from the area affected by the hurricane, it was not possible to close your eyes and do not help giving priority to children and the disabled, the most vulnerable already after the earthquake and now doubly victimized in this disastrous scenario.”We will not make miracles – explains Matteo Vignato, head of the office in Haiti – but at least we will try to meet the needs of the most vulnerable families, who have very young children or a disabled child, according to our specific style of sharing with the least among the last “.
“The victims are not only counted in the numbers reported by the media during the first few days – even explain the volunteers – but rather continue to HAVE ADDITIONAL since the previous situation of poverty has worsened after the catastrophe.Who paid the highest price were children and elderly people who have lost their lives in the days after the hurricane because, defenseless and weak, they were not able to resist the hunger and lack of shelter. However with aid arriving we can sustain this people they show extraordinary strength to react in front of the countless catastrophes: nature itself with the regrowth of trees seems to reflect the desire to get up again with strength and hope. “