Save Our Survivors S.O.S. petition.
Cruising Companies please donate cabin space to the evacuation efforts by allowing off-schedule cruise liners to drop anchor as close as possible to Port-au-Prince and providing temporary offshore asylum or transportation to safer grounds on Haitian soil to the most urgent evacuation cases.
Seven days after the most horrible humanitarian disaster to hit Haiti, and possibly the western hemisphere, relief efforts while encouraging still have not risen to adequately meet the immense need of survivors.
The earthquake completely annihilated the city of Port-au-Prince home to up to three (3) million Haitians and killed an estimated two (2) hundred thousand men, women and children. Millions of Haitians are now homeless, living and sleeping next to the cadavers of former friends or relatives.
Meanwhile Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is taking tourists to Labadee 100 miles to the north of Port-au-Prince.
"The Navigator of the Seas dropped anchor on Monday, followed a day later by the Liberty of the Seas. On Friday a visit is planned by Celebrity Solstice, operated RCI subsidiary Celebrity Cruises Haiti."
RCI has also delivered relief supplies and has made a 1 (one) million dollar donation to fund relief efforts; however, we believe that the tourism money generated for the local economy by these cruises in the wake of this disaster is inconsequential in comparison to the immense resources they control which could be more effectively used to avert even further disaster.
While we support the rescue efforts being carried out, we are fearing that a larger humanitarian disaster is looming. Many survivors are now taking to the seas in unsafe vessels in the hopes of getting evacuated to the port of Jeremie.
"A slow vibration intensified into side-to-side shaking that lasted about eight seconds - compared to last week's far stronger initial quake that seemed to go on for 30 seconds and registered 7.0 magnitude.
Throngs again sought out small, ramshackle "tap-tap" buses to take them away from the city. On Port-au-Prince's beaches, more than 20,000 people looked for boats to carry them down the coast, the local Signal FM radio reported."
It is only a matter of time before one of these boats capsizes. The survivors of the earthquake are suffering immensely and many need to be evacuated before a major medical and epidemiological crisis compounds their agony.
We are starting this petition to ask all cruise lines that travel the caribbean to please donate cabin space to the evacuation efforts by allowing off-schedule cruise liners to drop anchor as close as possible to Port-au-Prince and providing temporary offshore asylum or transportation to safer grounds on Haitian soil to the most urgent evacuation cases.
Please help save our survivors by sending this S.O.S. via email, text message, printing and posting it everywhere and most importantly signing the petition below. Please foward it to everyone you know.
As a Haitian who has personally suffered loss this is my plea to you Mr. Adam Goldstein. chairman of RCI. You said you would if you were asked.
HELP MY PEOPLE GET TO A SAFE PLACE. PLEASE.
Marc Lissade, Avi Carre.
The FIND ME IN HAITI Facebook group team.