On January 13, 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale and with an epicenter just 22 kilometers from the capital city, Port-au-prince. It is too soon to know how many people have been affected, but estimates are that thousands of buildings in the capital have been destroyed and that three million people have been affected.
Haiti is the poorest country in Latin America. It is also the Latin American country that has suffered the greatest amount of American intervention in the last two centuries. Most recently, this took the form of the Franco-American overthrow of a democratically elected president. Since this time, Canada has also been heavily involved in supporting the post-coup regime.
The human misery caused by this earthquake is not on its own enough to make immediate aid a moral obligation; our nation's sordid and shameful history of involvement in Haiti is yet another reason to do all that we can, now, to help the millions of people affected.
Doctors without borders
United Nations world food programme
More aid possibilities.