Successive storms have been ravaging Haiti for more than a week now, with the death toll approaching a thousand, as many Americans seems to be unaware of the tragedy unfolding in their neighboring country.
We learned, after a call to the office of Brooklyn Councilman Mathieu Eugene, the first Haitian-American elected to serve on that body, that plans are being made in New York City to coordinate efforts and send aide to Haiti, which was suffering grave problems of political and economic natures even before this disasters of nature struck.
There are some folks on the ground in Haiti trying to send out an S.O.S. One of them is Dr. Paul Farmer, who has been especially diligent in providing medical care there over the years.
Dr. Farmer is making urgent appeals now for help, in the form of clothing, food or money, that can be sent through PIH, or Partners in Health, an organization that Farmer helped to start.
It's probably best to reach PIH by clicking here.
In a heartrending note he sent to PIH, Dr. Farmer said the following:
"After 25 years spent working in Haiti and having grown up in Florida, I can honestly say that I have never seen anything as painful as what I just witnessed in Gonaïves [a hard hit Haitian city]."
Go to the next page to read Dr. Farmer's full letter.