Osirissail I appreciate your response, but I think it is important to point out that we would not be importing drugs into the country, legal
Can you clear up a few things for me please? When you refer to the area of lawlessness, is this off shore or on land? Are you warning me or others about the danger
, or both? Having lived in country I feel that the danger
in country is not an issue. It is a beautiful country. Yes there are some rough parts
, but this does not make the entire country dangerous.
through the U.N., we would love to ship through the normal avenues, however these are plagued with corruption. See any news report about the aid that has remained in ports
around the country for nearly a year. The ports
will hold the goods and demand extravagant fees
to get the goods released. When the non-profits can't afford the astronomical sums the officials just keep the items, which is a win-win in their eyes. An example is paying $15,000 in customs fees
for a vehicle that is worth $30,000. This is the main way that aid ends up in the streets for sale
It's true, I have little experience about the waters off of Haiti. However, from what I've heard it isn't as dangerous as people say. Which in my experience is true about most things.
If the fear is indeed on land, fear not. We would love to give an intimate and beautiful tour of the Haitian countryside to anyone who is interested in traveling down. Our clinic is nestled in the mountains a mile away from one of two national forests. The people are subsistence farmers who have little yet will give all. For more information on the beauty of this area see our website: "Where the Stars Still Shine"
Are the waters indeed dangerous, or is it a case of "I've heard it's dangerous"? I am not attempting to be confrontational. However, I have seen first hand the vast disparity between what people say and the reality, not only in Haiti but in other places as well. Qualifying statement: having served as a Navy
SEAL before becoming a nurse, I believe that I am a fair assessor of risk.
Thanks in advance to the sailing forums
, I am excited about the possibility of tapping into this extensive knowledge base and finding answers.