”Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams
This famous statement was made by the lawyer John Adams in defense of the British Soldiers on trial for the Boston Massacre. He would go on to be one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the second President of the United States.
Here are five facts concerning Haiti you may find interesting:
1. Two and one half million Haitians fall into the 55% living below the poverty line.
2. Shocks induced by climate change – drought, then flooding and landslides, lack of water for drink and irrigation – threaten over 500,000 Haitians every year.
3. Ninety percent of farmers depend upon rain to grow their crops as only ten percent of their crops are irrigated.
4. Although agriculture is an important sector of Haiti’s economy, the country fails to produce enough food, and imports more than 50 percent for its population’s needs.
5. Haiti imports 80 percent of its main staple – rice.
One-hundred thousand children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition.
-Needless to say, we have our work cut out for us. Help us change the facts and make a better tomorrow for our Haitian friends!
You can read more about hunger in Haiti here