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    Central Americans affected by hurricanes Eta, Iota desperately need our help | Opinio

    Central Americans affected by hurricanes Eta, Iota desperately need our help | Opinion

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    Central Americans affected by hurricanes Eta, Iota desperately need our help | Opinion

    Teo A. BabúnTue, December 1, 2020, 5:25 PM EST

    In Choluteca, Honduras, Padre Alejandro López Tuero is begging for blankets, tarps, plastic sheeting and beds as he tries to fulfill some of the overwhelming need of those who have lost everything to hurricanes Eta and Iota, two Category 4 storms that tore through Central America last month. Padre Alejandro leads Asociación San Jose Obrero, a Catholic care complex that is one of many faith-based ministries in the region, both Catholic and Protestant, that have sprung into action. They are helping those reeling from these latest storms in the strongest hurricane season Central America has experienced in 15 years.

    On Nov. 3, Hurricane Eta struck, hovering for days over Nicaragua and the “Northern Triangle” countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — causing deadly flooding and landslides that displaced thousands of people and left scores dead or missing. Just 13 days later, Hurricane Iota struck, making the situation worse and extending the impact to more areas in the region. Entire villages are covered in mud. Outreach centers, care facilities and churches, as well as entire populations they care for, overrun by landslides. With lands ripped up and crops and livestock wiped out, entire livelihoods have been destroyed.

    More than 5 million people have been affected by these storms, according to the United Nations, all in the middle of a pandemic that shows no signs of going away. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the problems plaguing the region, including poverty, joblessness and violence — some of the drivers pushing families and children to migrate north in great numbers in recent years.

    Padre Alejandro in Choluteca is running out of emergency supplies to help his community; so are the Arquidiócesis de Managua in Nicaragua, Asociación AGAPE in El Salvador, and the Hope of Life ministry in Guatemala, which provides humanitarian aid. There is just not enough support to help them and the many other centers working at the front lines to assist those affected by these hurricanes.

    Donations are still needed. South Floridians can rest assured knowing that their donations and other aid will be delivered as expeditiously as possible through the efforts of experienced Miami and Broward County-based nonprofit organizations that facilitate assistance to those who need it most. International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs), such as Americas Relief Team (ART), which is the disaster relief arm of the organization that I lead, Outreach Aid to the Americas and others have years of experience overcoming the many obstacles facing relief organizations in channeling aid to disaster-prone areas.

    And those obstacles can be significant — severely damaged lines of communication and transportation venues, in-country police and military in disarray, a lack of orderly on-the-ground distribution points and even the desperation and frustration of victims dealing with injuries and the loss of loved ones.

    The beauty of ART and other qualified INGOs is that we are able to overcome or sidestep many of these obstacles by careful planning and coordination with several partners, agencies and governments at various levels. Some examples are ART’s corporate partners Chiquita Fresh North America, FedEx Express Latin America & Caribbean and Crossroads Alliance, of Ocala, which have safely collected or delivered countless tons of critical relief cargo to Honduras and the other affected countries at no charge to qualified INGOs.

    Another key partner is the U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force-Bravo, which uses its unique military capabilities to help transport emergency food assistance and complete several search-and-rescue missions, saving hundreds of people marooned by floodwaters.

    As we move into the holiday season and begin thinking about the new year, let us not forget our neighbors hundreds of miles away finding it difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel of their situation. The need for hygiene items, food, clean water, blankets, tents, tarps, plastic sheeting, and other critical aid is still in great demand, and these are only the immediate needs. The disasters’ effects will be felt for a long time, and there will be more opportunities to help.

    But we can act to make a difference now. ART and other South Florida INGOs continue to work with Miami-Dade County and various foreign embassies of foreign nations to facilitate deliveries. Please, keep the help coming.

    Teo A. Babún is president & CEO of Americas Relief Team, an initiative of Outreach Aid to the Americas, Inc.


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    No help. We have given billions and you still dump your people over our border.

    You have done nothing to build up your housing or infrastructure with the money. You pocketed it. Go to blazes!

    Give them the list of countries who signed the "Migration Pact" and send your people there. WE did not sign it.

    Call the U.N. or George Soros for your "help". Call on Bloomberg, he is loaded, call on Hollywood to donate their money.

    Let the Beyonce do a concert for donations!

    Not ONE taxpayer are bankrupting us.

    We have thousands of our own homeless in our streets living is squalor.

    We have thousands out of work and losing their homes.

    We have thousands of our own who lost homes due to fires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, mudslides.

    You are not special...the hurricanes hit our states too on a massive scale. Many have not rebuilt from the last 5 years of hurricanes!

    We have a massive Army of millions of YOUR people to send back to you to roll their sleeves up and clear the mud and rubble...just like WE do here! We dig in, we clean up, we help each other. We do not flee to Canada like beggars for decades!

    You can help your own now, stop dumping your problems over our border, we are sick of it.

    Give out free birth control, it will go a long way to curbing your overbreeding poverty in a mud puddle. It is disgusting.

    Last edited by Beezer; 12-02-2020 at 09:04 AM.


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