An Appeal to Conscience


What isn’t incessantly beheld before an audience of captivated sets of eyes–that which quickly seeps into the sub-conscience like a Sharpie to tissue paper–is readily forgotten; it becomes obsolete.

Attention Deficit Disorder doesn’t only render the SAT-taker distracted, but also holds a firm grasp around the attention spans of the mainstream media and news cycle.

It is our tendency as humans, as readers, as the keepers of our times to become infatuated–obsessed, even–with a touching or tragic story, and devote our quotidian discussions, bake sales, Facebook statuses, and trendy t-shirts to it. And then–in the same hasty manner in which we picked it up–we drop it.

Reader, meet Headline ADD–and his latest victim, Haiti.

Cholera has broken out in masses in cities surrounding Port au Prince and is quickly spreading to the capital city’s delicate population. Cholera is highly preventable and easily treatable within the first few hours of contamination. Haitians won’t listen to officials’ requests for them to stop drinking the water in their refugee camps–unless there is an alternative water source.

J/P HRO–the Haiti relief organization–is one agency leading the endeavor to bring clean water to Haiti. If you have the means, please help suppress Headline ADD and bring clean water to an area of the world which is very much in need here.

We are very privileged. The people who linger around Port au Prince are not. Let’s bring them clean water.

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4 thoughts on “An Appeal to Conscience

  1. “Haitians won’t listen to officials’ requests for them to stop drinking the water in their refugee camps–unless there is an alternative water source.”
    This almost sounds condemnatory. Drinking water is much more important than not getting cholera. You’ll certainly die without water, you might not get cholera. It’s not headline ADD if this is the first thing to happen in Haiti in months. It’s getting a good (although, in my opinion, disproportionately small) amount of coverage now that a specific event is happening.
    However, I confess that HADD exists.

    • @Evan Z: It’s not condemnatory. I’m not condemning Haitians for having suffered a detrimental earthquake and I’m certainly not condemning them for having limited choices in a refugee camp. I’m not totally sure why you would take that kind of statement so out of context. The point of saying that “Haitians won’t listen to officials’ requests for them to stop drinking the water in their refugee camps” was to make the point that followed the dash–“unless there is an alternative water source.”

      This is not “the first thing to happen in Haiti in months.” There has been a need–since January–for continuing financial support and it has been largely neglected. Your logistical point of means of survival is informative, sure, but it illustrates that you are entirely missing the point: Haitians are in dire need of clean water. It’s not about what may or may not grant them survival. It’s about addressing a pressing need.

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