Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2010.
Since that time, has struggled to recover from this disaster that killed some 367,000 people, injured countless others and destroyed many buildings. The International Community stepped in, pledging billions of dollars in assistance to revive, and reconstruct this tiny Caribbean nation.
Over two years have passed and little has been accomplished, other than to see millions of dollars disappear into questionable pockets as some 500,000 still live under small canvas shelters – now frayed and leaking with age – or no shelter at all.
25,000,000 cubic yards of rubble were estimated – in 2010 – for removal. Most remain in place, trees and plants growing from the debris.
The billions in foreign assistance has attracted a new generation of Carpet
Baggers, people willing to cheat the Haitians, in their time of need. Foreign firms swarmed Haiti, vultures attempting to pick the bones of a desperate people. Questionable contracts were negotiated with little requirement for productivity, so long as they shared with questionable Haitian partners.
The American embassy, in Haiti, has many dossiers on this problem.
There are many examples, such as the group that brought a 20 heavy trucks into the country, for rubble removal, obtaining a duty free entrance, then sold them to private industry for other purposes. Others generate expensive proposals that are paid for, then fill filing cabinets – forgotten.
And then there are groups who have contracted with the Haitian government, brought people into the country, received substantial cash payments, then failed to pay their local Haitian billings, or even their American staff.
What happened to the millions $$$$$? They could be a subject for the Justice Department, or IRS when there is some spare time.
What has happened to the small fortunes of Blood Money paid to these new Carpet Baggers?
Let us look at one example.
MEL Inc Engineering Consultants, 1752 Dallas Drive, Baton Rouge Louisiana, headed by Morgan M. Watson Cell number 225 – 603-4100.
This American Carpet Bagger negotiated a contract for coordination of rubble removal and sent a a team of Americans to Haiti. These Americans were supposed to supervise Haitian teams as they surveyed buildings, selecting those to be destroyed. Then the buildings would be knocked down and the debris removed to dump sites.
Each team member was promised – as a minimum – a return ticket, accommodation, food and three months wages. Two dozen American citizens were flown to Haiti, did their work, but were not paid a penny. The accommodation and food were not paid for and some team members – when faced with disastrous situations at home, in the States, had to buy airline tickets with their own credit cards, to escape Haiti.
This was/is a $2,500,000 contract with $750,000 paid as an advance.
What happened to this money if none of it was used to pay the American crews, sent to Haiti, their living expenses, or car rentals?
There must be an investigation in Haiti, and in the United States, of MEL Inc, and all other American groups who have benefited from contracts with the Government of Haiti, without fulfilling their promises. These investigations may result in Criminal or Civil actions wherever applicable.
For starts, give Mr. Watson a call to see what sort of excuses he has for leaving his team in Haiti, unpaid, while their families faced foreclosures, unpaid bills, family problems and those other things that affect American lives. 1- 225 – 603-4100.
Call the American Embassy in Haiti: 011-509-2229-8000
Unfortunately, you cannot see the havoc such actions have created in Haiti.