Are we “Ethiopializing” Haiti?

Post asks if we are doing Haiti and Haitians a disservice by continually showing ONLY destruction, dead bodies, and half naked people. As was the case with Ethiopia in the 80s, the average American who knew nothing about the country only had an image of starving kids with big bellies that led some to ignorantly say they were eating too much. Fast forward to Congo and we only think of women being raped and pillaged there. If we continue to not show prideful images of Haitians helping each other as opposed to only begging for aid, we will simply create an image of another sob-story people who cannot survive without assistance from us-their saviors. We need to continue to assist but also make sure we’re looking at Haitians helping Haitians as well as policies that we construct that may be hurting Haitians.

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-397675

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