Haiti has been hit unimaginable, back-to-back natural catastrophes in the last week.
Nepal Red Cross Society In April and May 2015, Nepal was struck by two huge earthquakes. Over 8,000 staff and volunteers
There does seem to be some force behind the general conviction that donations should be made by those with a wage, not those with a student loan. Apart from in the case of students struggling to make ends meets, this reasoning appears disturbingly analogous with simply passing the buck.
The world looked on in horror as a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. More than 200,000 people were killed in the capital alone, along with countless thousands of animals, including beloved pets and vitally important livestock. Just 72 hours later, the WSPA, rushed to aid the animals of the devastated nation...
Ironically, the day the earthquake hit, I was in Washington DC hosting the quarterly Crisis Management Meeting for a large American NGO I consult for. My memories of the earthquake that destroyed Haiti four years ago are more vivid than the many war zones I served in during my time with the SAS...
The United Nations has been given an ultimatum - pay compensation to individuals affected by the cholera outbreak in Haiti
Most of us consider our homes our safe place, but they can be the real enemies in an earthquake... With the Pakistan-Iran quake of 24 April at 7.8 magnitude killing 35 people and with 1000s of homes destroyed by the quake, the question of how to make buildings earthquake proof is a very important one.
The eyes of the world may now be turned elsewhere, but Haiti remains one of the most vulnerable places on earth, battered repeatedly by earthquakes, cyclones, floods, landslides, drought, and epidemics. Hurricanes routinely knock up to 15% from GDP. The total volume of humanitarian aid to Haiti since 2001 exceeds $4billion. The challenge ahead is stark.
As we flew into Port-Au-Prince you could see the devastation across the city. I saw the animals living among the people of the city. A dog being carried by a child, piglets rummaging through rubbish, a goat tied to a post and cattle loose in the road.
Two years after Haiti's worst earthquake in two centuries, I am proud to say that international health charity Merlin is still on the ground making a real difference to thousands of people's lives.
Besides Hispaniola itself- the second largest island in the Caribbean, Haiti and the Dominican Republic share one more thing in common - their seismic fault lines.
Haiti in January 2010, 10 days after the earthquake, was a country in shock. For days and weeks afterwards, large parts of the population devoted themselves to sifting through the rubble. It was a dangerous job, as concrete houses were still collapsing weeks after the initial quake, triggered either by aftershocks that continued for months, or by people moving rubble to try and find their loved ones, usually dead.