Last summer, I blogged about field work in Haiti (1, 2, 3, 4). At that time, Haiti seemed like a country in shambles; its denuded earth was washing out to sea before our eyes, roads between major cities were barely passable, electricity was absent even in towns as large as 80,000 people, and clean water was sometimes impossible to come by. Nevertheless, a glimmer of hope accompanied the sense that things were better than they'd been in years. Whatever fragile progress Haiti may have made over the past few years, however, has just crumbled to the ground.
This quake, of course, is just another in a long string of injustices and misfortunes for Haiti and its people. Please consider making a small donation to one of the many aid organizations that are mobilizing to help Haiti through its latest (and perhaps greatest) crisis. Possibilities include Doctors without Borders and UNICEF. Donations are especially encouraged from countries like the United States or France, whose governments that have spent the better part of the last 200 years doing little but destabilizing Haiti.