ASUCM Resolution #20 - 2009-2010 Support Haiti Resolution
Background: On Jan 12, 2010, the strongest earthquake since 1770 struck Haiti with an enormous magnitude of 7.0. Since Haiti gained its independence from France, in 1804, it has been struggling to maintain its stability, culture, and sovereignty. From 1888 and 1915, no Haitian President completed his seven-year term; most were killed or overthrown (BBC News). Haiti, during the days of slavery in the United States, was a country of hope for slaves in the United States in light of Haiti a free land. Haiti’s unemployment rate is up to 70%, which is 58% higher than that of the United States at 12% (Associated Press). This country has suffered a long history of pain and agony. Due to the seriousness of this incident, the Haiti Health Foundation employees (200) have taken in refugees into their homes and President Obama's stated, that he will make the relief efforts in Haiti a priority and sent up to 10,000 troops to help rescue efforts (BBC News). According to the census, 420,000 Haitians live in the U.S. legally. In Haiti, “the poorest country in the western hemisphere, private schools are the only schools and very few families can afford even the most modest tuition (Haiti Education Foundation).