Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UN head says aid to Haiti slow 6 months after deadly quake, donors should deliver now

By Andrew Khouri, Canadian Press

LONDON — Not enough aid has reached Haiti six months after its deadly earthquake, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Tuesday.

Ban told BBC radio from Jamaica that immediate humanitarian assistance is only being funded at 60 per cent. Donors must be held accountable for their pledges, he said.

“I would urge that there should be an accountability that when they have a pledge to this money they should immediately deliver this aid,” Ban told the BBC.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Ban was making a flash appeal for aid or whether significant sums of aid still had not been received.

Ban’s comments came after Haitian President Rene Preval complained that the government lacks the money to run and re-build the country.

The Jan. 12 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital and killed an estimated 300,000 people, according to the Haitian government.

Ban said he plans on talking to former President Bill Clinton about the need to accelerate aid. Clinton is the U.N. special envoy to Haiti.

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