“Looting”?

I’ve seen numerous references both on TV and online to the “looting” going on in Haiti.  And I have to say, it really pisses me off…  Here’s a population that has just seen their city virtually destroyed; there is no water, electricity, food, phone service; bodies are piled in the streets; survivors are homeless and likely injured…  And many are going into stores and taking things like food, pots and pans, fabric, clothing.  “Looting”? Is that really what this is?  It sounds more like “trying to stay alive.”

There’s a much better and more cogently written piece on this same thing at The Awl.  I recommend it.  And I agree with the use of the term “salvaging” to describe most of what is going on in Haiti…

Looting Overtakes the Media

Haiti

The news reports coming out of Haiti are shocking and grim…  Please donate what you can.  There are lots of great organizations out there that are already engaged in relief efforts to the Haitian people trying to survive this catastrophe.  I sent my money to Doctors Without Borders, a fantastic organization.  I hope you’ll join me…

Update: An article from the NYTimes about relief efforts in Haiti and the great difficulty of getting help to those who need it.  I suspect the news will only grow worse in the coming days.  Please do what you can to help.

Aid Workers Scramble Amid Haiti’s Chaos