In the world, there are many things we do not understand. Corruption, cheating and lower-class citizens voting for a failed billionaire to be the President of the United States — among many. This past weekend, Hurricane Matthew blew through the American South and the island of Haiti leaving mass casualties and millions of people homeless, powerless and desperate for help.
The American South is still not in the clear with regards to Matthew’s devastation. Governor of North Carolina recently held a press conference urging Carolinians to stay away from the water; there have been a total of 20 people who have been killed in the floodwaters. Aside from North Carolina, Hurricane Matthew is blamed for at least 39 deaths across five Southeastern states since churning up the Florida coast this past Friday.
In Haiti alone, reports have shown that there was a total of 900 casualties since Matthew made his landfall last week.
The Category 4 storm devastated the corners of the southwest peninsula in Haiti, leaving masses of people starving, homeless and lacking of hope. Relief agencies are under insurmountable pressure to properly and rapidly deliver hygiene kits, water, medical supplies and food across Haiti and the American South.
However, there has been an increasing amount of skepticism regarding relief agencies, most especially the Red Cross. In 2011, the Red Cross raised nearly a half billion dollars to supposedly help the survivors of the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti and left millions of Haitians homeless.
In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform Campeche, an area struck hard by the earthquake. The main focus of the project was to build hundreds of permanent homes for Haitian families.
The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the relief group has built in all of Haiti is six.
Where did the rest of the money go? The Red Cross declines to comment on this controversy.
Social media has been used as a canvas to exploit the Red Cross’ injustices. Many have gone to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to vent and discuss the holes within the Red Cross/relief agency system. Millions of people have been exposed to the negative rhetoric agains the American Red Cross and have solidified their affinity towards the backlash the group is receiving.
Even other countries’ Red Cross chapters are receiving some flack. The Canadian Red Cross assured Hurricane Matthew donors their money will be of use after a recent Twitter backlash. Perhaps the American Red Cross should take some notes regarding how to handle this recent controversy — they most certainly will need it.