Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

After Death of a Loved One, Haitians Must Choose: Lifetime of Debt or a Funeral?

Imagine coping with the death of a loved one, and being told that you must pay more money than your annual income to ‘properly’ bury the deceased. This is the reality for many impoverished Haitians when they are at their most vulnerable and grief-stricken; they are charged exorbitant fees solely for the profit of those in the burial business, who exploit the family members’ unawareness of cheaper options and their desires to pay respect to the deceased. 2/3 of Haitians live on less than $2 per day, and funeral fees will put them into debt for years to come. This issue continues to be of critical importance as the death toll from cholera, food shortages and natural disasters continues to rise daily. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Grieving Haitians go into lifetime of debt to fund funerals David McFadden, Associated Press April […]

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