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Haiti: International aid mobilization on the way

By Sama Team | January 14, 2010

  A day after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, cities and villages have been swept away and destroyed like a house of cards. Everyone has seen the videos and the photos of the devastated nation, with the flattened buildings and the stunned people wandering the streets of Port-au-Prince, seeking for help. We can't look away and it's impossible to remain indifferent. A whole country needs help and lives are currently at stake; clock is ticking to get critical help to the victims.   Help and donations are coming from everywhere, and many organizations are working hard to provide help to the victims; UNICEF is one of them. We can read on their website:  

UNICEF gears up relief efforts for earthquake-stricken Haiti

Despite heavy damage to its own offices in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF is ready to provide immediate support to the victims of the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday.

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"While relief efforts have begun, communications are extremely difficult and accurate information is still scarce," UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in a statement this morning. "It is clear that the consequences are severe and many children are among the victims," she added. "Our hearts go out to the families whose lives have been so terribly impacted by this tragedy."

Listen to UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick on protecting Haiti's "most vulnerable" (external link, opens in a new window).

  The Red Cross is expecting to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.   The United Nations is also mobilized; we can read on BusinessWeek:  

The United Nations and international aid groups said time is running out to save thousands of people trapped beneath collapsed buildings in the capital by the country’s worst quake in more than a century. President Rene Preval said his nation, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest, has been “destroyed.”


People buried under the rubble are still alive,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday. “We must save as many as possible. The most urgent need is for emergency search and rescue teams.”

  Google put online a Google Crisis Response page on which you can find all the facts and information concerning the plight in Haiti, as well as donation forms to UNICEF and CARE. You can also find useful and updated informations on Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help posted on the Huffington Post.   We hope the horror and devastation from the earthquake will be soon old story (doesn't mean we will ever forget what happened...) and that the country will be able to rebuild, with the construction of Anti Seismic buildings.    

 Bon courage à vous tous, gardez espoir, nous sommes avec vous!



Sama Reader Pilar


Oh my God, what has happened in Haiti in awful!! I have seen catastrophic images from the country…… :(

This is so, so sad……….. Poor people, they need our help!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm


Sama Reader CaptainMoore


The poor country is devastated…….

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm


Sama Reader Witz


This is terrible! Haiti is one of the poorest country in the world, Haitians didn’t need that.

I hope all the help sent to the country will be helpful, people still need to be saved…

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm


Sama Reader Muzzi


I am very sad right now :(

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm


Sama Reader Gino


It is very sad indeed. But Haiti is so poor, no building was anti seismic that’s why so many people died. The Sama Team is right: the money should be used to build anti seismic houses and buildings!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm


Sama Reader Juliette


It’s on every channel and in France we have many Haitian families living here. We all speak French so maybe this is why we also feel more concerned. We have donated with Arnold and we hope everything will be fine soon. But I can’t help but think the country was in need way before the earthquake, maybe it’s time to help them durably. :roll:

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm


Sama Reader Meddi


I just watch the news and it’s Haiti everywhere. Such a mess and so many dead people :(


Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm


Sama Reader Josh


My prayers are with the people of Haiti


Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:35 pm


Sama Reader Oleg


Me too

I am with the Haitians with all my heart


Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm


Sama Reader Mark


Yeah yeah. Prayers won’t do nothing to get food or water to people :roll:

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 2:19 am


Sama Reader Darun-Wi


So much negativity Mark……….. What for? I don’t get that, sorry.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:20 am


Sama Reader Komkiper


Californians really fear ‘Big One’ I can tell you

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:04 am


Sama Reader Dittta


George Clooney is organizing an earthquake fundraiser telethon that will air next Friday on MTV networks.

And Bono will be there 😉

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8:37 am


Sama Reader JohnnieW


Yeah George Clooney will host a live telethon to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti, it likely would air Jan. 22 on all MTV Networks.

That’s a great initiative. The island desperately needs money to rebuild…..

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8:53 am


Sama Reader Moshuo


I just read the info on the internet, that’s fantastic George Clooney decides to organize such a big event!! He’s really a good man and it will help the Haitians to get more money.

I wish I could see the telethon from France..


Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:48 am


Sama Reader Toby Miller


A friend of mine is from Haiti and he can’t get information about his family livinig near Port au Prince. As of today, he doesn’t know if his mother and twin sisters are still alive. This lack of communication is not acceptable!


Friday, January 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm


Sama Reader Gino


Moshuo, just so you know, he’s still with his Italian girlfriend, many people in Italy say they’re getting married pretty soon 😉

The Telethon idea is great!

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm


Sama Reader Nouni


MTV Networks is working with George Clooney to stage a telethon for Haitian earthquake relief and that’s great. But I think he’s using on a human tragedy to heighten his image whilst campaigning for an award. I may be wrong but his relationship with the Italian woman he drags everywhere looks very much like a PR stunt for the Oscars. I don’t have anything against the guy but this time it is too well orchestrated. Sorry Moshuo 😉

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm


Sama Reader Arnold


I don’t like Clooney but you have to admit he did a great job for Darfur and if he can help raise money for Haiti, it’s fine. I don’t care if he’s playing for himself or not…..

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm


Sama Reader Juliette


Same for me, not a big fan of Clooney either but you can’t blame him for triyng to help. And about his private life, he does what he wants I don’t care, if he needs a woman to be a man, then be it!

Toby: I know, same here for the families living in France, no information AT ALL. This is a shame!

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm


Sama Reader Yull


I vote for Vera Farmiga UIA to win an Oscar 😛

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm


Sama Reader Pilar


Yull- you are out of topic here!

Nouni- maybe you are right but like the others said, good will is important and highly needed. It would be a shame if Clooney uses this terrible event for his own publicity (I doubt he is….) but it will help Haitians people so I don’t care what might be his hidden agenda!!

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm


Sama Reader J.T. Brown


In fact I tend to agree with Nouni……… :roll:

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm


Sama Reader Oleg


Yull! Me too! She has Ukrainian roots, like me :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 1:20 am


Sama Reader Lissa


I’ve read Haiti earthquake left 100,000 dead in 60 seconds, and toll could reach 500,000……….

Haiti needs this telethon!

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 5:46 am


Sama Reader Mark


I am not a bad guy. I’m just saying what happened to Haiti is terrible but we can’t give money each time something is happening in the world! :roll:

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 7:02 am


Sama Reader Witz


Maybe not each time Mark but giving is rewarding. Maybe you should think about that sometimes 😉

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:39 am


Sama Reader Arnold


Remember the White Knight I was talking about like months ago? Looks like the U.S wants to play this role. Their hidden agenda may be even more devilish than Clooney’s one 😉

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 11:08 am


Sama Reader Juliette


It’s chaos in Haiti and it’s like nothing is happening……… There is so much left to do :(

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm


Sama Reader Oleg


What is strange is that the Americans took over the rescue. They manage everything (airport, organizations…) and don’t let other countries deploy. Why that?

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm


Sama Reader Pilar


Mark- when was the last time you donated money? Not judging, I’m just curious to know

Oleg- yes, I read that too, that’s weird. I don’t understand why they do that. It’s like they want to make Haiti a new State of America. All the help is needed so why block it??

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm


Sama Reader Muzzi


Many stars donated for Haiti, last one is Madonna with $250k. People give, let’s hope it’s really gonna help somehow 😳

Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 3:30 am


Sama Reader BettyKohn


Arnold, maybe you are right…. :roll:

Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 6:13 am


Sama Reader Moshuo


Yes, I noticed that too. That shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone, Haiti doesn’t belong to the US, it’s a free country that needs help 👿

Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm


Sama Reader Karmitto


Agreed Moshuo!

Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm


Sama Reader LILLYAC


Hopefully people are more compassionate than you Mark!

Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm


Sama Reader N’Gaye


News from Congo are not good at all my friends :(

But everyone is busy with Haiti but please don’t forget Congo, my country is falling apart so please don’t look away :(

Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:49 am


Sama Reader Juliette


It’s a shame N’Gaye things are going so bad in Congo but we don’t forget the situation it’s just Haiti needs help right now, as your people also do… I don’t know what to say 😳

Monday, January 18, 2010 at 9:34 am


Sama Reader Pilar


Poor N’Gaye, I’m so so sorry…………. :(

Monday, January 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm


Sama Reader Tasia


This photo reveals a lot about the situation in Haiti………. I don’t think the country will ever be able to rebuild.

Sad, sad, sad…

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 4:03 am


Sama Reader Gino


I hope it will Tasia, people are alive and want to live. They will rebuild thanks to international aid.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:45 am

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