Why some people are pushing to airlift orphans out of Haiti instead of sending resources to Haiti

It's because we [benevolent and altruistic humanitarians] can't trust them [poor, under-developed] to know what to do with the money we give them. After all, they just loot. And since *we* know better how to use resources, we can make sure the "deserving" Haitians get help. Since children are the most "deserving" it's best that *we* control how resources are distributed to them, and that includes bringing them to us. How else can we control and ensure that our resources go to the most innocent and deserving? Even before the earthquake, they had tons of poverty in their country, and thousands of kids were being cared for in orphanages. Isn't it better for these poor, deserving children to come to the U.S. where we don't have poverty and children living in government care (i.e. foster care)? Oh, well, oops on the last statement.  I mean, all we're trying to do is give these children a better life and keep them safe!


[Standard disclaimer here, since I know some will object: not ALL people, I didn't even say ADOPTIVE PARENTS, and I'm not referring to those children who were already assigned to adoptive parents.]

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

7 thoughts

  1. I don’t think the US can do better. I think the US (and other countries) are not lacking the resources right now that Haiti is. Food prices are sky high, water is scarce, medical care minimal if non-existant in some areas. Resources are going out but not yet being distributed adequately due to a number of circumstances. Definitely orphans that are matched and have necessary paperwork need to go to their new parents to make room for new orphans and displaced children. Children with special needs that are not being met (no medication, no medical care) should be airlifted if that is what is going to get them care. Newly orphaned and displaced children should NOT come to the US; their status is not confirmed. There is danger of “traffiking”. If aid can be efficiently distributed , I have no fear that the Haitians can manage it. They’ve gotten by on little for a long, long time.
    Hearing about looting in the news makes me gnash my teeth. I would “loot” too if it was the only way to get my family the food/water/medicine that they desparately needed.

  2. children in america (i.e. foster care) are being taken care of. Those of us that have hearts for the orphans want them out of harms way where orphans are being stolen probrably for trafficing. If you have been watching much 60 or more kids are being taken care of by 1 or 2 caretakers. No matter how hard they try they cant keep them all safe. I would foster or adopt 1 or 2 of them if asked. I love kids, I do it for American kids now and they are all God’s children.

  3. It’s frustrating, isn’t it, to see the racism, classism, colonialism in these ignorant cries to take children away from their families and country? It’s making me CRAZY to see folks ignoring EVERY REPUTABLE CHILDREN’S AID ORGANIZATION that says that evacuating Haiti’s children is the WRONG thing to do. Thank you for adding another voice to those trying to stem the tide of “Operation Pierre Pan.”

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