Below is part of a press release from Haiti Advocacy Working Group, commemorating the sixth anniversary of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake. It features important messages about the international community’s failure to rebuild Haiti and what is required to do a better job in the future.
Part of the release is below. Click HERE for the full document.
PRESS RELEASE: January 11th, 2016
CONTACT PERSON: CHARISSA ZEHR: 202-544-6564
Members of the HAWG on the Sixth Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake
MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
“On this important date in Haiti’s collective memory, we at Mennonite Central Committee pause to remember those who lost so much owing to the earthquake and reaffirm our decades-long commitment to Haitian-led relief, development, and peacebuilding work. We look forward to continuing to bring our partners’ voices to Washington in 2016 to inform and impact U.S. policy toward Haiti and strive for a more just and peaceful country where the dignity and human rights of all are protected.” –J Ron Byler, U.S. Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee
CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND POLICY RESEARCH
“Six years later, the people of Haiti continue to suffer injustices and calamities resulting not just from natural disasters, but from the failures of the international community. Shamefully, the cholera epidemic — which also began six years ago this year — continues to sicken thousands and kill hundreds each year, and the UN, whose troops directly caused the outbreak, has yet to take responsibility for it. Nor has the international community stepped forward to fund a $2.2 billion plan to eradicate the disease, despite promises.
“Meanwhile, many thousands of Haitians remain homeless, despite the billions in aid offered. And now, Haiti faces a political crisis, after a year without a functioning legislature and an electoral system jeopardized following fraudulent elections that were approved by international organizations and governments.
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