230,000

The current estimate for the death toll in Haiti.

A few weeks back, I was unsettled by an article dug up from 2008 on hunger in Haiti, which reported on a sizable section of the population that was forced to eat dirt. It apparently staved off hunger pangs, which felt like “swallowing Chlorox.”  Some see in the attention provoked by the disaster an opportunity to rebuild a nation stronger than it was before the disaster. I’m not optimistic the international community will rise to the occassion–which only makes it more imperative that we continue to give what we can. We can’t count on anyone else helping.

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