Haiti – Earthquake, Clintons, Cholera

25 May 2017

It’s been a rough decade for the island nation of Haiti. I will be adding to this page periodically with articles stored elsewhere. I may have to break this up into different pages.

2017/05/22 – Federal officials: DHS to extend temporary protected status to Haitians – Washington Post

2016/12/01 – Secretary-General Apologizes for United Nations Role in Haiti Cholera Epidemic, Urges International Funding of New Response to Disease – United Nations

2016/08/17 – U.N. Admits Role in Cholera Epidemic in Haiti – NY Times

2016/06/29 – Lawmakers Urge John Kerry to Press U.N. for Haiti Cholera Response – NY Times

2016/03/18 – Cholera Deaths in Haiti Could Far Exceed Official Count – NY Times

2016/03/03 – Cholera quietly still kills dozens a month in Haiti – AP

2010/01/12 – Fierce Quake Devastates Haitian Capital – NY Times


Haiti – Please, no more food…

27 Apr 2010

CBS News – Haiti Wants Food Aid to Stop?

Of all the things you’ve heard about earthquake aid to Haiti, here’s something you probably didn’t know: Haiti’s government wants large-scale food assistance and free health care to stop.

If it’s news to you, it was to CBS News too, when Katie Couric recently visited Haiti and spoke to Erin Boyd, a nutrition aide for UNICEF. Boyd disagrees with cutting back on aid, but told why it’s being done.

“When you continue having a lot of food distributions, you lower the price of food so that people can’t trade, and it disrupts markets, basically,” Boyd said.

Desperately poor residents who aren’t earthquake victims are moving into refugee camps for the free food and health care. But the government wants residents to be less dependent on foreign aid, not more.

Susan Reichle is with USAID, the U.S. agency that distributes foreign aid. It’s already spent $562 million on Haiti relief.

As of today, total donations to Haiti meet and exceed the biggest estimates of how much it will cost to rebuild – up to $14 billion. The record-breaking Hope for Haiti Telethon in January brought in more than $66 million. That’s part of the $4 billion raised by non-government groups and charities. The U.S. government has given more than $1 billion and has pledged another billion-plus. Other countries and world bodies have pledged $8.75 billion over two years. That’s $14.9 billion and counting.

With all that aid pouring in, some worry that it will feed corrupt and criminal elements rather than the needy. There are reports of gangs intercepting aid and selling food on the black market with impunity from high-ranking officials.