PETITIONVILLE, Haiti, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Nearly seven months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, tens of thousands of people are still homeless and hungry, a report said.
Despite $1.8 billion in earthquake aid, an estimated 1.6 million people are still living in tent camps in the middle of the hurricane season, The Boston Globe said Monday.
The earthquake hit Haiti Jan. 12.
Just 4 percent of the earthquake debris has been cleared and there are frequent shortages of clean water and often little food, the report said.
Paul Farmer, founder of Boston-based Partners in Health and a deputy special envoy for the United Nations, recently told a congressional panel that less than 3 percent of Haitian aid had gone directly to the country’s government. In the past, he said, U.S. policies, and those of others, have sometimes bypassed Haiti’s leadership, weakening it and contributing in part to the crisis today.
At the U.S. Embassy, a top official said “there is some validity” to Farmer’s conclusions but he said the United States is committed to strengthening Haiti’s government going forward, the Globe said.
“We want to make sure that everything we do is consistent with the government of Haiti’s policies, its needs, its desires,” said Leon S. Waskin, director of the response effort for the U.S. Agency for International Development. “They actually have to be government of Haiti programs, not donor programs, or else they’re not going to work.”
He was a particularly poor choice to join Clinton – another bad choice – to assist with the Haitian tragedy. He is either completely and totally stupid and ignorant of the Haitian reality, or is knowing complicit in Preval’s attempt to steal anything not tied down, and some things that are.
There is a valid reason why few dollars are passed through the hands of Preval and his cabinet. Anyone with a brain, can see that they simply steal the funds, without any qualms…or even an attempt to shield their actions.
Until Preval is replaced, there can be no funds for the Government of Haiti.
The way things are progressing, Preval will derail the elections, scheduled for November 28, extending the nation’s misery.
Farmer should hide his activist’s cloak beneath that of a doctor helping Haiti’s aids victims