Red Cross Says No to Carnival in Aruba … “That would be irresponsible”


Finally some responsibility in Aruba … 

The Red Cross has decided to act responsible and stated that it will no longer help during Carnival. Why should the Red Cross allocate its thin resources to an event like Carnival when there are much more important things to devote their time and resources to. After all, if the government does not think its important enough to help fund, why should the Red Cross. It is obvious that the Red Cross could and should find better ways to spend their monies than “to subsidize the very lucrative carnival events in Aruba”.

Red Cross Aruba has announced that they won’t take part in events related to carnival this coming carnival season.  That would be irresponsible, considering the current circumstances, said the committee.  The organization has decided to devote their already limited means to immediate assistance and calamity control.

This has been a difficult decision for the committee.  They say that they were forced in this decision, because the government has still not committed to structural financial support, like compensation for the many hours and means that the Red Cross has been putting in for years. 

The committee indicated that it is no longer responsible to use the means of the Red Cross to subsidize the very lucrative carnival events in Aruba.

Amigoe:  Red Cross won’t help during carnival

ORANJESTAD – Red Cross Aruba has announced that they won’t take part in events related to carnival this coming carnival season.  That would be irresponsible, considering the current circumstances, said the committee.  The organization has decided to devote their already limited means to immediate assistance and calamity control.

This has been a difficult decision for the committee.  They say that they were forced in this decision, because the government has still not committed to structural financial support, like compensation for the many hours and means that the Red Cross has been putting in for years.  The Red Cross has done this disinterestedly, but that is no loner responsible, considering the limited financial means that the organization disposes of.  They have decided to use all these means to assist as much as possible if and when a calamity takes place in Aruba.  The committee indicated that it is no longer responsible to use the means of the Red Cross to subsidize the very lucrative carnival events in Aruba.

Since the contributions of the SAC (2500 florins per year), the former Tivoli Club (500 florins per ear), as well as the government (no financial contribution) are not at all sufficient to cover the costs of the countless times that the Red Cross gives assistance during Carnival, the Red Cross decided in April of this year to ask the government for financial support for the 2008 carnival.   

The Dutch Red Cross, which Red Cross Aruba is part of, does not structurally help her daughter organization financially, neither does the Dutch or Aruban government.  Thus Red Cross Aruba is totally dependent on donations to cover her service costs, while the organization is asked on a regular basis to give assistance.  The Red Cross has recently assisted the stranded crew members of the Polynesia, and also the homeless after the fire at Dak Riba Cabez, which both are for 100 percent the responsibility of the government.  These two cases were very recent and made publicity, but the Red Cross receives many other requests for assistance that do not make publicity. 

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    42 Responses to “Red Cross Says No to Carnival in Aruba … “That would be irresponsible””

    1. Vicki on November 12th, 2007 11:58 am

      Finally, some one on that vile Island is using their noggin…. Its about time. O/T- Just to let you all know…we are gonna have a great turnout in PA…Im so excited. LIERUBA will see that we mean BUSINESS and the ones going are all SCARED MONKEYS so be proud you guys…we nmay not be able to put up signs but with what the ppl going have we will not need them….YOU ROCK PA MONKEYS……

    2. Patti on November 12th, 2007 2:14 pm

      Right On, Red Cross!

      Another American Association stands
      up to Aruba and says “NO”

      No Justice for Natalee
      No Tourists for Aruba!




      Queen Bea:

      Your son, Aruba, is losing American support.
      The whole world knows about the injustice in

      Where do YOU stand?

    3. bleachedblack on November 12th, 2007 3:48 pm

      Just to be clear…..the article does not mention anywhere that the American Red Cross is the organization which is no longer going to assist with Carnival.

    4. Miss-Underestimated on November 12th, 2007 3:56 pm

      LOL, snakes, crumbled bridge, floods, and now no RED CROSS.

    5. Maggie on November 12th, 2007 4:47 pm

      It’s all about money to Aruba. Money, Money, Money. Same for tourists, give us your money and get lost, we don’t care. Why go there anyway, there isn’t even a compentent police department on duty. They hide from victim’s families.

      Next, they will be saying they can’t pay the red cross because they spent all their money on Natalee’s investigation. Paid liars have high fees.

      When is someone going to confront Deepak, Satish, Paulus and Joran on their inconsistent statements and lies and inconsistent time lines? When are they going to address all the conflicts of interest in this case? 4 goes out and 3 come home.

    6. Patti on November 12th, 2007 5:29 pm

      Sorry, Bleached Black…

      Now that I’ve re-read the article, I see that it is Red Cross Aruba that is unwilling to provide their support. I assumed that they are affiliated with the American Red Cross, the organization that is all over the world providing support in case of a disaster.

      At any rate, for an Aruban Red Cross

      to say “NO” speaks, even, louder.


      Boycott Aruba

    7. anne on November 12th, 2007 6:57 pm

      This past weekend, I received an American Express promotion exclusive to card members for a trip to Aruba and Beyond. Today, I called the Executive Offices of American Express to register my complaint at their endorsing a promotion to a place where an American citizen was never to be heard from again and where the government and law enforcement obstructed justice in trying to find her. After being passed around, I wound up with Larry Batista, Executive Assistant to the Sr. VPs up to the chairman, Mr. Chenault. I was polite and stated my piece. He promised to get my complaint to the proper managers in the marketing department; however, he was also a little challenging and actually asked if I was blaming the government of Aruba for whatever happened to Natalee. I was so surprised – he admitted to not following the case, and I explained that no matter what happened to Natalee, the government and the ALE obstructed the investigation and are a guilty party. If you received this promotion, or want to register your complaint as well, please contact American Express Executive offices at {{edit – could be anyones phone number..people can find the number themselves}}. One voice can sometimes be heard. It’s worth the call.

    8. dennisintn on November 13th, 2007 12:12 am

      anne, thank you for doing that. lol, makes me feel better and i didn’t do anything.

    9. Vicki on November 13th, 2007 8:15 am

      Yes Anne thank you. We as American Citizens need to speak up. How dare an Island think someone can disappear and they act like so what…DONT GO TO THAT VILE PLACE…Evil is there. Its a seedy Hell Hole. We have all witnessed what they did to Beth and Dave. If Natalee was my child, someone would have talked…They fear the drug lords there or the MAFIA…ha, they wold have feared me more….Why I ask, hasnt someone payed a little visit to URINE and maybe broke a leg…or cut off a finger if he didnt talk…Im sick and tired of trying to wait for this and wait for that. Lets do something….Go to PA and be a voice for NATALEE.

    10. richard on November 13th, 2007 12:00 pm

      A year or so ago, I got an American Express travel solicitation for Aruba. I got on the phone immediately, and expressed anger.

      Didn’t accomplish too much: they made the usual mealy-mouthed comments, but acknowledged that singling out Aruba for recommendation was not the best thing.

      I reaffirmed my belief that boycotting Aruba was the proper thing to do. I continue to maintain that belief.

    11. Red Cross on November 13th, 2007 7:15 pm

      The Aruba Red Cross falls under the organization of the Nederlandse Rode Kruis. Next year they will not be participating in the Carnival since it’s not an emergency event or disaster. They will always be prepared for anything that might happen and will always be ready fo assist. But not as they have been doing the last years, actually participating in the parades or other non-emergency, non-disaster events like drag races and funerals.

      Red Cross will always be available for what they are usually are available for in other countries; for emergencies, support and help in any disaster.

    12. Carpe Noctem on November 13th, 2007 7:55 pm

      Didn’t accomplish too much: they made the usual mealy-mouthed comments, but acknowledged that singling out Aruba for recommendation was not the best thing.


      Screw that, huh? Going after Aruba’s economical

      throat is the ONLY PATH OF RECOURSE those marble

      mouth, innocent American teenage girl murdering

      Aruban-Dutch dirtbags left us with! Those monumental

      skeeze bags…

      I’d like to spit on each and every one of them!

      …and man, I mean to tell ya, like Geraldo Rivera

      says about Michelle Malkin,



    13. anne on November 13th, 2007 7:58 pm

      Well, here’s a follow up to my call to American Express yesterday. Today, I arrived home from work to find flowers on my doorstep — from American Express, saying they appreciate my business. Mmmmmmm……

    14. richard on November 13th, 2007 8:15 pm

      P.S. I hope to attend the Pennsylvania protest.

    15. JusticeforNatalee on November 13th, 2007 8:56 pm

      The latest from Natalee’s Freebirds:
      courtesy Klaas/Freebirds

      Anne, thanks for speaking up.
      Please tell them you don’t want flowers–you want action on their part.
      PA event is looking good, everyone!
      Thanks to Vicki and her hard work.

      Natalee’s voice will be heard in PA.
      Richard, I hope you can make it as you are one of Natalee’s
      most loyal supporters.

      All who can make it–Join in!

    16. Patti on November 13th, 2007 10:57 pm

      #11 – Red Cross:

      Well, Golly Gee…

      You mean to tell me, the Red Cross Volunteers

      go to Aruba for the Carnival to participate

      in drag races and funerals and were UPSET

      that they weren’t getting PAID?

      What kinda Red Cross is that, anyway?

      A PIG roast?


      Light the Fires….

      Beat the Drums….

      The Aruban Red Cross….

      Is Fun, Fun, Fun!!!


      Boycott Aruba…

      They got their own way of doing things…

      THE CROOKED WAY!!!!!!
      SM: Patti – the Red Cross is already in Aruba. They have been asked in the past to assist at the Carnival, I assume by Oduber. They are refusing to do that. They still participate and do anything else a NORMAL Red Cross would do. They just felt they were being taken advantage of (or at least that’s what I gathered from the articles). Maybe someone from Aruba can correct me if I’m wrong (klaasend)

    17. Patti on November 13th, 2007 11:07 pm

      Sorry Guys….

      I just couldn’t pass that one up!

      I’m glad to hear the Pennsylvania event is
      looking good and I, too, hope that Richard
      is able to attend. I’m waiting for one to
      come up that’s closer to home, but you have
      my support.

      Is there any way for us to donate money to


    18. Patti on November 13th, 2007 11:46 pm

      Here is a interesting article that I found that is mostly about Antiqua; the island the Arawaks are said to originate from. The article speaks about corruption in a way that I had never considered before, but really fits with modern-day Aruba. It reminded me, especially, of the up-coming Carnival.

    19. Red Cross on November 13th, 2007 11:57 pm

      No, they do not need to go to Aruba, they are in Aruba and professionals from different areas who volunteer in the organization. And are always ready to help when needed.

    20. Richard on November 14th, 2007 9:42 am

      Thanks, Justice. I’m planning to be there. Maybe I’ll see the same scumbag who tried to derail the Boston protest by whining to the organizers … only to learn that in this country, when you have a permit to protest, it means what it says!

      Patti, contact Vicki in re donations.

    21. Richard on November 14th, 2007 9:44 am

      While I’m here, let me remind everyone … the protest/boycott/whatever you want to call them events are totally separate from the Holloway Twitty family. Nobody reports to them or takes directions (or anything else) from them, nor do we presume to speak for them.

      The only motive (at least as far as I know) for participating in these events is to stand up and demand justice for Natalee. Since Aruba won’t give it … “No justice for Natalee, no tourists for Aruba.”

    22. Vicki on November 14th, 2007 2:26 pm

      I predict bad things to happen to this Volcanic Ashe in 2008 if they dont arrest ALL that was involved in Natalees disappearence and all who are still involved and still covering up this tragic occurance…These morans on Satans Island need to do something, cause we AINT going away, we are becoming more determined to stand up and fight…..HEAR THIS.. WE WILL NOT GO AWAY…Its only a matter of time before another touristgoes missing…

    23. Carpe Noctem on November 14th, 2007 2:36 pm
    24. Patti on November 14th, 2007 4:44 pm

      Right On, Vicki!

      Here it is November, and we have been waiting, patiently, for news from the Hague. I think that if there is no news soon, or if they, too, look the other way instead of acknowledging the corruption that was such a large part of why Natalee wasn’t found alive, and then not found at all; there are going to be some angry people in this country. People that don’t take lightly the fact that a civilized country, like The Netherlands, would back up a bunch of pagan worshiping Arawaks.

      Any body that takes the time to do the research of the history of this tribe and it’s customs, especially, the fact that they are human sacrificing cannibals is going to wonder why The Netherlands, the human trafficking capital of the world, would allow such a tribe to go unpunished for it’s crimes for so long. Have they benefitted from it’s corruption and religious practices, selling a few nannies, here and there?

      I don’t have a problem with putting The Netherlands in the same light as Aruba if that is their choice. In fact, The Netherlands have it’s own problems with meeting human rights statutes and have come very close to being sanctioned, along with Aruba by the Secretary of State, both in it’s human trafficking and money laundering practices.

      Maybe we need to just face it that some countries make a living off illegal activities. Certainly, the Secretary of State has warned us of these two countries, in particular. Maybe we need to boycott both of them and explain to the American people why.

      All it takes is just one of us, but, instead, there are plenty of us that are willing to make a stand against the kind of corruption that is a threat to its’ citizens, but, especially, vacationers. And, none of us are shy about stating our opinion.


      Red Cross:

      Stop taking yourself so seriously, no one else does. You’re just another Aruban that proclaims their importants, but do nothing to, truly, help anyone in need. What have you done to free your people of a corrupt government? What have you done to help the victims of drug addiction, is that not a calamity? But, most of all, what have you done when the carcasses of those that are attacked by cannibals is staring you in the face?

      Go drag your cars, on your dangerous streets; party at your parades and console the families of your dead at funerals and leave us alone. We don’t buy your B.S. and couldn’t give a damn if you get paid or not….

      Did you read my post?


      That’s what you and all those like you are….




    25. Patti on November 14th, 2007 5:05 pm


      Less than a month ago there was an article in the newspaper about the amount of vehicular deaths on the roads in Aruba. And, here, we have a member of the Red Cross crying because she can’t get paid for partying at the Carnival and drag racing.

      The point of the Red Cross is not that they don’t WANT to go, because it’s a waste of resources and is irresponsible, but rather that they don’t get paid for going. I believe the article specifically states that Aruba makes alot of money because of those Carnivals, and the Red Cross feel they should be compensated for their services.

      I’m sorry but it all sounds like hog wash to me.

    26. Dayhiker on November 15th, 2007 12:02 pm

      We heard the tourist business was booming in Aruba. (yeah, right) You would think the government would have all kinds of money to throw around. And they won’t help the Red Cross?

    27. Richard on November 15th, 2007 2:53 pm

      Getting ready to head to Pennsylvania and the protest … and from what I’ve been told, there will be a few surprises for the Arubans.

      This event (again, from what I’m told) looks to be a smashing success for those of us who say:

      No justice for Natalee…no tourists for Aruba.

      Great work, one and all, especially Vicki!

      Stay tuned….

    28. Vicki on November 15th, 2007 3:58 pm

      If anyone wants to donate please contact me at….you will see why by Sunday morning….God willing…Safe travels Richard…

    29. Erica on November 15th, 2007 4:01 pm

      I looked on the SM site and didn’t see anything like this. I’m wondering if anyone knew of a convention going on in Aruba at the end of this month. A friend of mine that’s a travel agent got an email yesterday about registration and it linked to this website
      SM: Yes, there are certified Aruba experts all over the country most of which are posting on the anti-Natalee and Beth sites. (klaasend)

    30. JusticeforNatalee on November 15th, 2007 6:28 pm

      Patti, that’s very generous of you. Thank you.

      Anything you can donate will help offset Jamie’s cost
      of shipping the banners/signs to PA.

    31. Carpe Noctem on November 15th, 2007 7:43 pm

      SM: Yes, there are certified Aruba experts all over the country most of which are posting on the anti-Natalee and Beth sites. (klaasend)

      Yep, Klaas…

      …and I’d like to see their hineys friggin’
      DEPORTED, they make me want to hurl! Such awful, heartess, disgusting, soul-less little people.


    32. Patti on November 15th, 2007 8:43 pm


      You got mail…


      What the hell is an Aruban expert and what on

      earth could their expertise be, rubbing salt in

      the wounds of fellow Americans?


      Where are the Dutch… I am of the opinion that

      they are the TRUE Aruban experts and they seem

      to be hiding in shame.


      Queen Bea:

      It’s November 15… and we’re still waiting.

      Surely, your special investigators are not as

      inept as those on the ugly island of Aruba? I’m

      sorry if I seem a little anxious, but there is a

      family that have been looking for their daughter

      for over two years and with all the work you did

      in Aruba this summer, it is only natural to hope

      that the Dutch come through with shining colors.


      Boycott Aruba!

    33. Patti on November 15th, 2007 9:07 pm

      Justice for Natalee – #30

      I e-mailed Vickie, but she hasn’t gotten back to me. If you like, I can Western Union money directly to Jamie. All I need is a name and a city and a password that she wants to us to get the money.

      Klaas has my e-mail. Either you, Vicki or Jamie can let me know what to do. I know that time is of the essense and if it’s done Western Union, I think I can do it over the phone and she’d have it tonight.

      Just let me know…


    34. Patti on November 15th, 2007 9:24 pm

      A password that she can use to get the money.

      Sorry for the mispelling error.

    35. kayjay on November 15th, 2007 9:55 pm

      Hope I’m proved wrong but in my opinion the Dutch are a disingenuous bunch, sadly lacking in morals with a royal family that is has for years abdicated its influence and position believing that in order to remain a monarchy it has to mingle (on their bicycles) with the public and not make waves. I just think they will do everything they can to snake out of the situation. Keep the boycott in place and expand it ot the Netherlands, and may the snakes overrun that damnable island. Justice for Natalee.

    36. Patti on November 15th, 2007 10:18 pm



      If they try to weasle out of this, we’ll get ‘em.
      In fact, I would imagine there is going to be more
      than just a little spit heading her direction.

      Sorry, Klaas, but drastic situations call for drastic measures…

      I’ve been practicing! (smile)


      Kayjay – It’s good to see you posting again and
      I’m sure you’ve got everyone’s support…

      I know you’ve got mine.


      Hey, Queen Bea:

      Times a wastin’

    37. Patti on November 15th, 2007 10:32 pm


      I’m exhausted. I think the cut off time for WU is
      9pm and it’s getting pretty close. Go ahead and e-mail me and I’ll take care of it in the morning. I’ll send the confirmation number to whoever e-mails me and provides me with the information.

      Good Luck in P.A. and fly those banners HIGH!


      Justice for Natalee


    38. kayjay on November 16th, 2007 1:12 pm

      I’m in this for the duration..was in UK for the summer and did my best to keep up with the case.

      It’s hard to be polite when it comes to these evil people….I cannot believe that the ALE can be so morally bankrupt, and our boycott will soon have them all financially bankrupt too!

    39. JusticeforNatalee on November 16th, 2007 3:36 pm

      Aruba did not fare well
      in National Geographic Traveler’s review of the Caribbean.

    40. Richard on November 16th, 2007 5:41 pm

      Made it down to the Penn. area.

      Get ready to be confronted, Aruba, starting tomorrow!

    41. Patti on November 17th, 2007 1:43 am

      Justice for Natalee:

      Neither of the Caribe-Arawak Nations fared very
      well. I especially like the last sentence,
      speaking of Aruba:

      “Tourists are not educated on the ecological
      and/or historical elements of the destination.”

      Are we hiding something, Aruba?


      Hey, Oduber:

      What sha got in your pocket?

      A little, “Now you see it, Now you don’t”?

      Did you read the article?

      There’s no ‘there’ there.

      Where’d it go?

      Is it hiding on the rocks

      with all the other “unknowns’?

      And, please, do tell:

      Where’s Natalee?


      Boycott Aruba!
      Go get ‘em PA!

    42. Patti on November 17th, 2007 1:51 am


      Welcome Home!

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