Friday, January 15, 2010
Did Haiti's earthquake damage extremist Islam's foundation?
This kind of assistance, from the West, is not unique. And it's not limited to predominantly 'Christian countries', like Haiti.
For example, following an earthquake in Iran, in June 2002, America sent aid and supplies to Iran. President Bush stated ""Human suffering knows no political boundaries". Following a December 2003 earthquake in Iran, the USA, Russia, Britain, Germany and Spain all offered help.
Israel has sent teams to assist in rescue and aid efforts following, for example, the August 1999 earthquake in Turkey, the January 2001 earthquake in India, the June 2006 earthquake in Indonesia, the December 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and Thailand.
There has been amazing support being sent to Haiti from the Muslim and Arab world as well as Muslim and Arab charities. South Africa based Gift of the Givers is just one example of a charity that responded within hours of the news breaking. Turkey is sending a mobile hospital and humanitarian aid to Haiti.
Here is a list of countries that were reported, in the 'West' and the 'East', as first to respond to Haiti's calls for assistance:
United States, United Kingdom, China, Brazil, the European Union, Britain, Germany, Israel, France, Switzerland, South Korea and Canada.
However, there is something that stands out, for me, from the list of countries that were first to respond to Haiti's humanitarian crisis.
And, whether the humanitarian crisis is in Haiti, Sudan, Somalia, Iran or Zimbabwe... the lists of those countries who are first to offer (and indeed provide) assistance, are almost always made up entirely of Infidels
If you are based in South Africa, and would like to donate to the relief effort in Haiti, contact Gift of the Givers on Tel: +27 (0) 33 345 0163 or visit http://www.giftofthegivers.org/