Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian Journalists Demand an Answer from the Red Cross

At a recent press conference held by the American Red Cross in response to allegations of misspending of Haitian relief funds, Haitian journalists made their criticism and discontent well known. Following a series of unsatisfactory answers by a Red Cross representative, the journalists began speaking over the official in order to demand where the half a billion dollars raised for post-earthquake relief have been spent. Despite the statistics provided by the Red Cross itself, it is still uncertain where the relief money was used.

American Red Cross Press Conference in Haiti Gets Heated

Laura Sullivan, NPR

June 12, 2015


Haitian journalists pressed an official from the American Red Cross to explain how the charity spent almost half a billion dollars in the country — but got few answers at a press conference this week at the Le Plaza Hotel in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Frustrated journalists began talking over the official, Walker Dauphin, after he appeared to avoid providing details explaining where the money went, according to a video of the gathering.

The press conference was a response to NPR’s investigation with ProPublica into the charity — which found repeated failures on the organization’s part to deliver on promises to help the country rebuild. The charity has so far declined to provide information on what programs it ran, how much they cost or what their expenses were. Many of the statistics the charity has offered about its work have been refuted by Haitian officials and by the Red Cross’ own records.

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