The aftermath of earthquakes in Haiti like the hurricane in New Orleans a few years ago reveals both humanitarian aid and looting and violence

The aftermath of earthquakes in Haiti has much to do with the prevailing conditions there, before the earthquake. The effectiveness of the relief operations depends upon not only with the organizations involved in relief work, , but also with the adaptability of the people to make the best use of the relief supplies. What are the ground realities in Haiti? Joseph Francis Bentivegna writes, Institutional corruption siphons off foreign aid, so the needy are never helped. High export taxes discourage peasants from growing popular crops while politically influential families make huge profits because they are exempt from paying taxes. (Introduction….) This being the mentality of the ruling class(bureaucrats and politicians) the chances of people getting a fair share of the relief materials are dim. The after-effects of the magnitude 7.00 earthquake are staggering. The damage is massive. Logistical challenges hamper the relief efforts. Rescue teams from all over the world have arrived and co-coordinating their work is itself a gigantic task. According to Red Cross estimates, 50,000 deaths have occurred and morgues have no place for the bodies. Bodies are strewn in the streets like rotten vegetables. Utter confusion prevails. Day by day, the situation is going from bad to worse. Food is in short supply, security is sparse, medical supplies are in great demand