Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Six months after earthquake, Haiti ill-served by aid

By Ezili Danto, Charleston Gazette Op-Ed/Commentary Haiti is suffering from misguided foreign aid. The rains are coming in Haiti, but there are more homeless people in Haiti today than the day after the earthquake hit in January. More than 1.5 million Haitians are living under tattered tents, tarps and sheets, which will provide little protection during hurricane season. Immediately after the earthquake, there were 20,000 U.S. troops and 14,000 U.N. troops in Haiti. But these troops didn’t help remove the earthquake rubble. Haitians themselves, using their bare hands, did almost all of the search and rescue. Today, 98 percent of the rubble remains, as Haitians have not received the heavy machinery needed to remove it. Only a small fraction of the billions of dollars of international aid for Haiti has actually reached the quake victims. And much of the aid […]

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