Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti, five months after quake, aid slow to show

By Teresa Albano Although $5.3 billion in immediate aid was pledged to help Haiti after its Jan. 12 near-apocalyptic earthquake, only two percent, or $45 million, has been donated. Brazil was the first and only country to have donated — $40 million — to the reconstruction effort. It was joined by Norway – with $5 million — earlier this month. The island is full of nongovernmental organizations and other assistance groups working diligently on the micro-level to help Haitians rebuild their country and lives. However, macro-reconstruction aid on the state-level is incredibly slow. The Haitian government estimates more than 300,000 people died from the disaster. Millions are homeless at the start of hurricane season. This hard-to-imagine scenario is on top of pre-quake conditions of deep poverty, environmental disasters, political instability and decades of foreign invasion and interference. Jacqueline Cherilus, a fourth-year […]

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