Since the earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital, the efforts of global solidarity is activated. Only the African continent which is conspicuous by its absence, even though Gabon has managed to release a sum of one million dollars for the suffering people of Haiti.
United States to France, through Canada or even some emerging countries, no country wants to be left out from the vast outpouring of solidarity for the Haitian people. A dynamic marked by the absence so far of the African continent. But as for the lead, Gabon has decided to release a windfall of one million dollars to help the Haitians hurt and hit hard by the earthquake. Even if the continent is known for its daily challenges of survival of its people, the solidarity effort is not necessarily materialistic. For in the present context, all forms of aid will be well received by the Haitian people who lack the minimum to survive. ‘Even if we give two dollars, it must be done’, argued former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the early hours of the earthquake.
But Africa also, despite its difficulties, should be able to play its part in this show of solidarity at the site of the Haitian people. That would do a duty of solidarity with people in black majority. Indeed, as the images that had toured the world during the passage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2006, left the scene by the Earthquake in Haiti irritates every African. Because ultimately, Africa is reflected perfectly in this desolate landscape showing thousands of Haitians agonizing pain in the streets and lacking everything.
Thus, by sacrificing himself for the sum of one million dollars, Gabon wanted to show an example of spontaneous solidarity. And it is not necessarily a monetary or material. For, beyond the participating national institutions like the African Union and ECOWAS should be able to make some effort of solidarity on behalf of the continent. In addition, there are opportunities in the African Development Bank (ADB) and the West Bank, African Development Bank (BOAD).
Sure, South Africa followed suit in Gabon as manifested by its share of contribution. This, especially as this country offers asylum to former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide since his fall in 2004. For today Haiti is as a laboratory test which will ruin the intensity of global solidarity. ‘I am so sad to see people suffer, but I can say I am happy to see all this effort of solidarity to the Haitian people’s place’, remarked the Haitian president, René Préval, yesterday visited the ruins in streets of Port-au-Prince.
Thus, while this solidarity on the ground, huge efforts are under review by donors to alleviate this suffering its devastated island. So that France seeks the cancellation of the remainder of Haiti’s debt at the Paris Club. Meanwhile, the IMF is preparing to release a substantial sum will go towards supporting the reconstruction effort there. And, when the United Nations has about 300 million dollars in aid pledges. We must also say that the image of Gabon, with significant resources, oil countries like Libya, Algeria, Nigeria, should be able lend their touch of solidarity in this vast momentum from launched into action Earthquake in Haiti. For in reality, Africa can not miss this turning point to mark forever his solidarity with the black people martyrdom.