Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

How Democracy and Sovereignty Relate to Haiti’s 2010 Earthquake

This article covers everything from education to cholera, tying them all into the failed reconstruction efforts in Haiti after the earthquake, and foreign meddling in Haiti’s politics.

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Haiti’s promised rebuilding is unfulfilled as Haitians challenge authoritarian rule

Travis Ross & Roger Annis, Haiti Liberte
January 7, 2015

Jean Claude Duvalier sera-t-il transféréFive years after the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti’s capital region, the loudly-trumpeted reconstruction of the country is still an unrealized dream.

2015 finds Haitians fighting tooth and nail in renewed political mobilizations to create the nation-building project that big governments and aid agencies pledged but then cruelly betrayed.

North American and European powers rushed planeloads and shiploads of soldiers and bottled water to Haiti in the days and weeks following the disaster, saying they would help Haiti “build back better.” The world was aghast at the rare glimpse of Haiti’s poverty provided by earthquake coverage. Leaders like Bill Clinton even acknowledged that the failed economic policies they had imposed over decades had impoverished Haiti and, indeed, are the source of its economic underdevelopment.

But the promises of the multi-billion dollar international relief effort and aid which will reach the grassroots have proven largely illusory.

But then there is the Haitian people – their mounting political actions and their unrelenting determination to build a country based on sovereignty and social justice. And their true and faithful international allies. Like the countries and healthcare projects mentioned earlier in this article. Like the lawyers of Bureau des avocats internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) who are suing the UN on behalf of the victims of cholera. Like the SOIL sanitation project and the organizations of peasants and farmers of Latin America who are working in the Haitian countryside. Like many school support projects which are an important form of the struggle for public education in Haiti.

These are the organizations which are working together with the Haitian people to help shape Haiti’s future.


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