U.S. Diplomat and His Wife Talk About Haiti
January 22, 2010
Political officer Darian Arky of U.S. Embassy Prague and his wife Veronika appeared on Czech Television’s “Before the Noon” program on January 21 to talk about their life in Haiti before the disastrous earthquake, and the current, extensive American effort to help put the nation back on its feet. Darian worked in Port-au-Prince from 2001-2002 as an American diplomat, and Veronika taught in a local school. “Haitian students were great, they loved to learn, but I have no news about them now. I only know the school principal survived as she was in Florida during the earthquake,” said Veronika.
Darian underscored that America’s main objective, as well as other foreign nations, is to help both in the short and long term: “If we need something in Haiti, it’s a functional economy, a democratic system and better life for all.” He added the U.S. and its military are well experienced in humanitarian assistance. They faced similar situations in the past, for example after the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.