“I Don’t Know If There Is Enough Water or Food There”

Here’s a window into just how bad things are for people in Haiti right now, from, of all sources, a CONCACAF (North America’s soccer federation) press release ahead of the women’s U-17 World Cup qualifier tournament set to begin Wednesday:

When the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Champion opens Wednesday in Costa Rica, the United States will be favored. Haiti will be everybody’s favorite.

Less than two months after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the impoverished nation of 9 million, killing by some official estimates as many as 270,000, the girls of Haiti will carry the country’s flag into competition. All of them now are homeless, including one – starting goalkeeper Madeline Delice – who has become an orphan.  . . .

“The country is destroyed,” Berry said. “The girls were in the street. It took two weeks to get them together at the Project Goal so they could be fed, get them some water and train.”

Berry said all of the players were left without homes, and Delice, from the southern coastal city of Leogane which was the epicenter of the quake and where approximately 80 percent of the buildings were destroyed, lost both her mother and father.  . . .

While expressing gratitude to the Dominican Republic and Panama for their generosity to enable them to train, Berry said the girls feel a sense of guilt that they have food, water and shelter and are training while those in Haiti have death and despair tugging at their elbow.

The first round of the CONCACAF championship will run through March 15 with the winner to be crowned five days later. After that, the fate of the Haitian team is unknown.

“As of now, we do not have a plan,” Berry said. “The fear now is they will go back to the streets. They don’t have a bed or know where their next meal is coming from. I have heard they may go back to the Project Goal, but I don’t know if there is enough water or food there.”

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4 Responses to ““I Don’t Know If There Is Enough Water or Food There””

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  2. michellefrommadison Says:

    Hopefully soon, before another penny is spent on Haiti, it’s people, or it’s infrastructure, that America realizes the fragility of this doomed piece of the world. And in a humanitarian position says to it’s survivors there are two options available in which the United States will assist them. ONE: leave the country and the U.S. can put it’s donated money into helping to relocate and to stabilize those people. And, TWO: if anyone who chooses to remain there, to make them aware that the U.S. should not, and will never, help those people again because it is predictable that their country will sustain another devastating earth-tremor-catastrophe in the near future. Remaining there is futile optimistic expectations that have proven to be nothing but a farce. Clear out and be helped, and trash the entire country of Haiti, sell it to a neighboring country for all rights and privileges and use that money to help the survivors. To put a penny more into that hornet’s nest is a freakin’ waste of anyone’s money.

  3. ianheath653 Says:

    In a perfect world, our emergency response system would be able to immediately recognize people with attitudes like this, so that when they call 911 in their hour of desperate need, the dispatcher can tell them to kiss off and die, laugh, and hang up. It’s what they richly deserve.

  4. michellefrommadison Says:

    Great perspective ianheath653. 🙂

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