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Haiti is set to elect a new President in less than a month. But with so many Haitians still homeless, hungry and waiting for the rebuilding to start … some say the country just isn’t ready. We hear from one of Haiti’s most prominent human rights activists.
Haiti is less than a month away from a Presidential election. But many Haitians are far more preoccupied with their day-to-day needs than they are with voting. It has been nine months since Haiti was devastated by a powerful earthquake that left about 300,000 people dead.
Today, the country is facing a cholera outbreak. Much of the government still isn’t functioning. And many of the survivors of the earthquake are still homeless, hungry and frustrated.
Mario Joseph has been working extensively with those survivors. And he says that Haiti isn’t ready for an election and that trying to hold one could prove disastrous.
Mario Joseph is one of Haiti’s most prominent lawyers and human rights activists. And he runs the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, or BAI. We reached him in New York City.
Haiti’s election is scheduled to take place November 28th.