Americans should start paying attention to this budding crisis, and soon. The United States has dispatched its military to Haiti three times in the past 15 years. Unless this humanitarian emergency is nipped in the bud, we can expect a political crisis to explode.
Americans are understandably focused on the massive damage caused by superstormSandy in New York and New Jersey. This map is a helpful reminder that Sandy left a VERY long trail of destruction, beginning in the Caribbean.
Small island developing states know what Manhattan is experiencing. They are just one superstorm away from ceasing to exist.
Haiti was spared a direct hit by Sandy, but the damage, death, and displacement caused by the storm is much, much worse than anywhere else on the planet right now.
UN Dispatch contributor Annie Feighery weighs in on how Hurricane Sandy may affect water supplies on the East Coast.
The wealthiest city in the most powerful country on the planet is poised to get hit by an epic storm. Things will be bad, but the city of New York and the federal government of the United States has the capacity and wherewithall to manage this crisis. But what happens when a storm or natural disaster of equally destructive magnitude hits a place that does not have that same ability to deal with a natural disaster?