If you only have time time to watch a few moments of this 28-minute documentary, please do so. How can such a thing occur, literally in the shadow of a developed country?
Here is the brief summary from the site:
Baseball in The Time of Cholera is a powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of Haiti’s Cholera epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player. Watch the film, share it with your network and visit http://undeny.org to sign the petition. Together we can end this crisis! Tweet this: Change the world. Watch, retweet, sign — tell @UN to own up to @cholera in #Haiti #undeny http://youtu.be/BK318mYuBWg http://undeny.org www.undeny.org
Summary of the video if you do not have time to watch
When we watch tragedy in the news, particularly describing natural disasters, we hear of large numbers of peope affected. We must bear in mind that each number has a name. This is the story of one extraordinary life of a young man named Joseph. It is also the story of an environmental scandal that could have been avoided.
The cholera outbreak in Haiti came suddenly following the earthquake, and tens of thousands at risk moved into tent cities without access to clean drinking water.
Joseph explains, “My name is Joseph Alvens. I am from Haiti. I think I will catch the ball but I don’t catch the ball.” Joseph smiles. “But if I catch the ball I make two people out. But sorry.” He smiles again.
The team of boys play baseball as if it is any other day, when any other boys across the world enjoy a game of pick-up baseball in a dusty field.
Joseph says, “I love my life. In the afternoon I play baseball. In the morning I go to school in Port-o-Prince.”
Joseph shows us where he lives, “after the earthquake because our house fell down.” The picture shows a small clapboard shack on a dusty street.
We meet Joseph’s family. He says, “This is my father, and this is my little sister Cindy and this is my sister Lovely, and this is my brother Pascale. And this is my sister Gelda. And this is my mom. She makes beautiful jewelry to support our family.” Read the rest of this entry →