The government of Haiti has floated a plan to tear down the shanties of earthquake victims whose homes were never rebuilt, despite government promises. Now the makeshift housing is slated for demolition to make way for a flood-deterent project that will protect nearby affluent Petionville from flooding. So, basically, the Martelly government proposes to tear down one neighborhood to make improvements to another one.
More than a thousand Jalousie residents marched in protest against the destruction of their homes. Law enforcement responded by tear gassing them. Meanwhile, the few hundred homes that the government is building nearby will not house anywhere near the tens of thousands of people who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake.
I don’t know what happened to the word ‘compassion’. Maybe it has ‘expired’. Everywhere, worldwide, you seem to witness the same. Some people living in the worst of conditions have to pay 10% of their income for basic needs like water. Somewhere along the road we as humans have lost the basics as well. That which makes us ‘human’ – compassion.