History often repeats itself. Natural disasters, war and social turbulence occur every day, from Syria to Massachusetts. In times of need, the United States should help foreign countries in difficult situations by donating resources to help ease the difficulty and help the population get back on their feet.
According to CNN, during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, estimates of 220,000 to 316,000 people died, 300,000 people were injured, 1.5 million people were displaced and almost 4,000 schools were damaged. Most people were badly affected in this situation. During that earthquake, most schools were damaged and now many kids don’t have the chance to get an education. This situation is going to affect the country in the long term because if children don’t get the right amount of food, sleep or education it will harm the well being of that generation. For the people who are having the most difficult time, the U.S. government should provide aid so they can get better.
CNN reported that over $13 billion in aid was allocated by international agencies to Haiti for 2010 - 2020, according to the United Nations. The U.S. allocated $4 billion, and deployed civilian and military personnel to carry out activities ranging from search and rescue operations, restoring air and seaports, providing life saving health and medical services, and helping meet the basic food, water, and shelter needs of the Haitian people. This is a great example of countries coming together in times of need.
With the current refugee crisis in Syria, last year the U.S. admitted just over 12,000 Syrian refugees, according to the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, Canada took in 26,000 individuals from Syria in just three months last year, reports the Guardian. As the refugee crisis continues to grow in 2017, what should the role of the United States be?
Alyssa Hughes, history teacher at Boston International High School, thinks, “In general, we should, as citizens of the United States, think of ourselves as a part of a national community to help each other in crisis in the global community.” She thinks that we as “global citizens are responsible for people around the world.” However, Hughes also talks about how all country leaders should cooperate with one another, not just the U.S., in providing aid, because a country should not be dependent on others.
Boston International High School English teacher Catherine Finkenstaedt said the responsibility of America should not be just financial support, but also “medicine, schools, food and housing. The U.S. should not help right way after the disaster, but think about the long term.”
We as citizens need to encourage our government to take action and assist other countries when they are in need by rebuilding their economy and improving their quality of life after a crisis. It is in everyone’s best interest if we all help each other out.