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Germany offers €1 million in aid to Haiti

The Local · 14 Jan 2010, 10:34

Published: 14 Jan 2010 10:34 GMT+01:00

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Another €500,000 will be provided for food, the ministry said. The funds will be made available to German non-governmental aid organisations to provide clean water, food and medical aid to victims of the quake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale when it struck on Tuesday afternoon.

A four-person investigative team from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is already en route to assess the situation in and around the capital of Port-au-Prince, just 15 kilometres away from the earthquake’s epicentre.

Reports coming out of the area say that thousands of buildings collapsed and the has city descended into chaos. Experts have said there is no way to know how many were killed and injured in the disaster, though some estimates have ventured as high as 100,000 dead.

“We are grieving together with the people of Haiti for the victims,” Foreign Minister Westerwelle said in a statement.

A second THW team of drinking water experts is scheduled to depart on Thursday, in addition to a mobile hospital from the German Red Cross to leave on Friday.

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Westerwelle has spoken with the German ambassador to Haiti, but said he could not be sure whether any Germans were killed in the disaster.

“Unfortunately I cannot rule it out,” he said at a press conference.

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12:36 January 14, 2010 by West_Indian
Would like to the rest of Europe helping out , especially France and Spain since they had a long running history with Haiti.
15:32 January 14, 2010 by mixxim
It seems you do not know much of Haiti's history. The French and Spanish ran the country with reasonable success. The slaves have turned it into the corrupt and savage country we see today. Many slaves were actually better off under their white masters than they are now. (The same applies in Zimbabwe and parts of South Africa)

Aid should be tied to conditions of a fairer government once things have been sorted out. After all it was the Haitian people who threw rocks and sticks at US trops who tried to liberate them from the Duvaliers.
16:32 January 14, 2010 by Christine P
There is no room for politics in this situation. I can't believe that my own country, Germany, is only sending 1.5 Million Euro and FOUR people. - That is a bad joke.
17:26 January 14, 2010 by lordwilliams629
No need to worry it's always america that sends the most people and the most help to things like this. Every other country can just send their litte token donation we americans are used to it. It was no differnt during the tsunamis in asia, americans do most of the work.
19:33 January 14, 2010 by West_Indian
@Mixxim: I do know some history on Haiti. Being the first colony to revolt against their slave masters. Spain but more France, made it their goal to squeeze Haiti to what it is now. It was an embarrassment for France to be over run by such "uneducated savages". The revolt in Haiti sparked the slavery uprising in Jamaica, Cuba and even in the southern sates of America. The Maroons were a farce force to be reckoned with. Haiti's revolt helped big time with ending slavery in the new world.
01:00 January 15, 2010 by janreg58
How can anyone complain about the amount that Germany is sending. They don't really have to do anything! Germany is coming out a recession thelmselves, be grateful for what your country is doing Christine P. And you lordwilliams, America wants to be seen as the "Saviors" of the world, always the "Good guys." They're lucky they aren't paying war retrobutions to the countrys they fought and distroyed! Yeah, they did commit war crimes too, we just don't put all that in the History books.
03:35 January 15, 2010 by Meringer
America has always given to help others. The US government is giving 100 million as a start, private donations from American citizens will dwarf that sum. Total aid will end up being over 1 billion. America and Americans have always given monetary aid and sent volunteers all over the world, not to make a better image, but because they really do just want to do the right thing. I love Germany and Germans (I was born in Germany), but they will generaly rely on their goverment to give aid and leave it at that.
06:23 January 15, 2010 by Thames
@ Christine P Please read the whole article it says the four person team was already in route and that more help was comming.

As far as America giving to Haiti. They owe Haiti alot. Haiti helped get the French to sell the US milons of acres in the west which Jefferson gladly purchased. Furthermore, Woodrow Wilson's invasion of Haiti where he occupied the country took millions of dollars out of the country and sent in to NY. Undermined German investment in the country and set up hugh American sugar corporations which exploited the country. Plus the massacare of civilians during the occupation.

No question many Americans are generous but they also owe a debt to Haiti.
06:55 January 15, 2010 by Meringer
America has always been generous to friends and foes alike. there even was a movie in the 70's or so that poked good natured fun at this, it was about a small broke country that wanted to declare war on America so that America would then rebuild their country and give them millions of dollars , and make them richer than before.
07:41 January 15, 2010 by kiwilass
All you Americans out there, this isn't a competition about how much one country gives - look at the size of your population. I'm from New Zealand and already our government has pledged 1 million dollars. So far the people of my country have donated in excess of $300,000 - it may not seem much, but our total population is just 4 million people. People here want to help, we don't know what to do as we are sooooo far away. My heart goes out to everyone in Haiti but especially to the New Zealand woman there who lost her husand and two very young daughters.
19:09 January 15, 2010 by Meringer
Kiwilass, We are not just talking about amount of money, yes, bigger population, more money, we are also talking about generosity based on ability to give, look at it from a percentage view point, try out the following quote from a recent article I read:

("Total American donations last year amount to an estimated $295.02 billion, which is a 1% increase over the 2005 amount ($283.05 billion) when adjusted for inflation. Of the 2006 amount, individuals accounted for 75.6%, or $223.03 billion.

Not impressed? Consider it from an alternative perspective, the percentage of GDP given to charity. In this case, the U.S. more than doubles the second place country, Britain. The U.S. ranked first at 1.7%, Britain was second with 0.73%, while France, with a dismal 0.14% rate, trailed countries such as South Africa, Singapore, Turkey and Germany.")
20:55 January 15, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Shut up (Thames) just shut the f..ck up ok, america don't owe haiti anything. Every time america does something out of kindness and human decency, some a..ss hole like you always has to find away to cut america down for it. So tell me a..ss hole did america also owe the victims of the tsunami something as well, cause we pumped over a billion dollars into that disaster and countless americans on the ground who helped and are still helping the victims, and by the way what did the U.K. do for those people? whats the U.K. doing for haiti oh I know their sending over their little plane load of water and a few dogs. Look Thames no country owes another country anything even when something like this happens, but unlike your people this is just something we do, so why don't you just kiss my a..ss.
21:32 January 15, 2010 by love_heals
USA , Germany , France come on guys , talk about India an emerging super power , has donated $5 mil.

00:06 January 16, 2010 by Thames

Did not mean to offend you. I freely admit the American people are generous.

However, I disagree with the idea that America is exceptional and somehow became the greatest power on earth by being Santa Claus to the rest of the world. America gives but it also takes just like any other country.
06:04 January 16, 2010 by Meringer
I do not disagree that the US Government has done some shady things over the years, but I am talking about the spirit of generosity of the people, not the Government itself . If I was the leader of a country or a people someplace in the world that needed aid, America is the country I would ask for help above all others. And if the Government did not give me aid, I know if I could appeal to the public directly, private donations would poor in (if there was a legitimate need). I would not be so confident of aid or enough aid from most other countries. Also a lof of people in other countries depend on their Government to provide international aid and do not give much in the way of private donations above what the Government has given. In the US most aid to others comes from individuals.
19:37 January 16, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Thames let me say this, it's words like your's and from other non american's that make it so obvious as to how much you don't understand about our country, you read something then you come to a conclusion. First we don't think of ourselfs as santa claus when giving it's just something that americans have always done, it even goes back to the days before ww2 when thousands of americans died on ships bringing food and supplys to the U.K. See we give because we have always been hunbled by what we have and many others don't, and yes it comes from america's jewdeo chritian values that we always held dear to our begining. And yes like every country on this earth america and the U.K. has had it's dark days of injustice. But as far as your comment about giving and taking I would only say that can be more of a point that's open for interpretation, see many on earth would say america's the greedy one's that take's all the worlds oil, yet we pay for it with our money, there's also much technology that we give countrys to drill and access resources that we BUY WITH MONEY. Look let just say it like this, remember when growing up and you always had some girl on the block or in school that was praised as the best looking b..itch around, and because of this all the other girls hated her including some of the guy's that couldn't have her, well that's america, the best looking b..itch on the block, and thats why we are so hated, and thats why when we make a mistake we tend to get put down more than any other country normally would, that is also why in times like this(haiti)when we walk out on the block and show our good looking a..ss there tends to be many that say look at that dirty w..hore, even though the true intention like that good looking b..itch on the block was to never show it, people just noticed it and hated it, "Good Day Mr/Mrs Thames"
17:45 January 18, 2010 by Thames

I will agree with you that America's Christian heritage does play a great role in the peoples generous nature. I certainly do not hate the US or any country.

Criticism does not mean hatred. I don't think America is any more greedy than

Britain, Russia France or Germany etc. perhaps less. I also agree with you that others are jealous of the US. and that is why millions seek to immigrate there.

I will leave it at that and wish you well.
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