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A general rule of thumb when it comes to the media; we see the moment tragedy strikes, rarely do we see its impact. However, Haiti is a case in point, in several ways:
Time passed by, but journalists' coverage did not, at least not quite as much as it usually does.
And so, Haiti isn't a distant memory, nor a forgotten one. Quite extraordinarily, it remains, three months on, in the public consciousness. Perhaps because of the sheer scale of the devastation - an estimated 150,000 killed. Perhaps because, even before all this, Haiti was struggling and a country with nothing having to endure such devastation was something the world simply could not ignore.
Fortunately aid workers stuck around long after the reporters had gone. Appeals for donations continued, until this day - totally unlike previous catastrophes, which are forgotten just days later by the media.
Only today it was announced that the UN has pledged $10billion dollars to rebuild Haiti - incredibly, that's twice the sum requested by the country's President René Préval. After all this time, Préval, and the whole Haitian nation must be relieved.
The doubling of aid is a very bold statement. Haiti's plight and needs have not only been noted, but the UN has taken heed and responded appropriately, sufficiently, and one could say, generously too. Moreover, this is a very promising sign for development as whole. I might even go as far as saying it's a good omen for the forthcoming UN session, who knows?
Whilst we may not have seen as much as the aftermath as we ought to, we might just see the rebuilding of Haiti. My hope is that at least a handful of journalists resist the pressure of looming deadlines and other calls of duty, and instead strive to show the world the meaning of aid.