United for Haiti
By Dialogo January 01, 2010
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, leaving a trail
of death and destruction in its wake. The Haitian government estimates the death
toll from the quake to be more than 200,000, while the International Red Cross says
up to three million people have been affected.
The international community responded with an outpouring of relief efforts
and solidarity to the crisis, providing critical humanitarian aid to the Haitian
people at the request of the government of Haiti. The devastating earthquake also
claimed the lives of foreign residents in Haiti from around the world and of
military personnel and police officers, many from Latin America, stationed at the
United Nations Stabilization Mission for Haiti or MINUSTAH. The United Nations
reported a loss of 84 personnel after the quake, while the brunt of the military
casualties fell to the Brazilian army, which said 18 of its peacekeepers died in the
line of duty.
The countries of the Western Hemisphere have mobilized their military
personnel with medical staff, engineers, aid workers and resources to assist the
people of Haiti, in a joint effort to aid the injured, homeless and destitute in the
poorest country in the hemisphere.
Diálogo offers a tribute to their losses and honors their commitment to
saving lives, restoring hope and working together toward the common goal of
providing humanitarian assistance to Haiti in its darkest hour.
Common Goals - Shared Commitments
The massive extent of damage wrought by the Haitian earthquake, one of the
worst natural disasters in the history of the Americas, brought together many
nations to assist in wide scale relief efforts. This common goal strengthened the
shared commitment of providing assistance to countries in need during times of
crisis in a far-reaching humanitarian operation that transcended