Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

What the International Community Can Do For Haiti

By Minh-Thu Pham, Director of Public Policy for the Better World Campaign/UN Foundation UN Dispatch I just returned from a visit to Haiti as part of a Congressional delegation to observe the earthquake relief effort and meet with officials from the UN mission, MINUSTAH, and the US Embassy. Despite the renewed awareness of Haiti’s problems, accounts in the press still seem to point to the earthquake as the source of the country’s present woes. But one can quickly see that it is a country that is as much stricken by poverty and instability as it is earthquake-stricken. Indeed, the earthquake destroyed what was already a precarious economic and political situation, albeit one that was on the path to rebuilding. In fact, several people we spoke with acknowledged the difficulty of distinguishing between earthquake relief and the efforts to address the […]

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