Future of Haiti is in our hands
The devastation in Haiti following last week's earthquake is almost beyond comprehension.
One of the poorest countries in the world, blighted by bad luck, dictatorships, incompetent governments and sheer neglect by the international community, Haiti has now been struck a blow from which it cannot recover unless the rest of the world delivers far more than vital emergency aid.
The immediate priority is to get basic aid to the tens of thousands of Haitians who have been left homeless and more destitute than ever by the devastation of Port au Prince, the country's capital. They are in desperate need of clean water, medication, food and shelter, yet the logistics of delivering that aid are fiendishly difficult because of the scale of the capital's destruction and the lack of essential equipment.