Haitian leaders neglect the suffering

 

How typical that it was only Jacqueline Charles’ Jan. 28 story, Haiti government calls for action to stem illegal migration, deaths, about Haiti’s “island without hope” that finally forced Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to send the starving islanders a truckload of rice and beans.

How typical that Lamothe should only learn about his people’s plight in his hotel room in Paris while he was en route to some international conference in Ethiopia.

If Lamothe and Haitian President Michel Martelly spent more time at home with the poor and the helpless and less time on international jaunts with the rich and famous, there might at last be the beginning of hope for this poor island.

Patrick Alexander,

Coral Gables

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