Com­mend Obama for quick US aid to Haiti

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THE graphic vi­su­als de­pict­ing the tragic loss of life with the Red Cross re­port­ing that more 50 000 peo­ple have died fol­low­ing the Haiti earth­quake, has shocked the world. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones with the death toll set to rise con­sid­er­ably in com­ing days.

It is both heart­en­ing and noble of the US to act so swiftly, com­mis­sion­ing a fully laden air­craft car­rier with vi­tal aid and res­cue teams to al­le­vi­ate the pain and suf­fer­ing of the sur­vivors in the af­fected dis­as­ter ar­eas.

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama must be lauded for his ex­pe­di­tious re­sponse and fur­ther­more for pledg­ing R740 mil­lion to as­sist with re­lief op­er­a­tions. His plea to world leaders to fo­cus on pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance re­flects his hu­man­i­tar­ian lead­er­ship and gen­uine em­pa­thy for his neigh­bours.

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