Haiti On Its Own, Post U.S. Response

International response to Haiti’s January earthquake, which killed more than 230,000 people and injured hundreds of thousands more, has been widespread. U.S. troops have been the largest contingent of the international response effort, but now the last of those have been airlifted back to their army bases back home.

An editorial on the Washington Post website says that without the full-time American presence in Haiti, it’s critical that the U.S. government “not repeat its sad, long history of on-again, off-again attention to Haiti’s suffering.”

Since January, U.S. troops have aided tremendously in relief and reconstruction, including the grunt work of clearing rubble from ditches and drainage canals,” says the editorial. The tasks ahead for Haiti are daunting. More than 15 percent of the population are homeless since the quake and living in tents that will not last forever, and many thousands of children don’t have a school to go to.

To read the Washington Post editorial, click here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/01/AR2010060103207.html