Have you ever known anyone to pretend to assist and when you check it out, it felt like they were plucking out your eye because the evil they wrought was right before you but you never saw it. How else are the people living in poverty to feel when others make grand announcements that come at their expense, then turn around and steal money through the back door?
Let us examine what is happening in Haiti. In 2010 an earthquake destroyed almost every building in Port-au-Prince. The images of the devastation were splashed over all the worldwide and local news medias. It was a joy to see that relief efforts came from the United States, Canada and many other nations. But did they really help or was this just another grand show advertised by the best media on TV?
Below: Hilary Clinton (American Presidential Hopeful) and Bill Clinton (Former American President)
Hilary Clinton, Presidential hopeful for the 2016 United States election could be seen supporting Caracol, the industrial park that was financed by $224 million US in subsidies from mostly American partners, which promised 60,000 jobs to the Haitians and contributing Americans. But according to the U.S. Department of State, Caracol delivered 6,000. It is important to note that the U.S. Department of State was not providing Haiti with free monies. These monies are subsidies. A subsidy is a form of financial aid or support extended to an economic sector (or institution, business, or individual) generally with the aim of promoting economic and social policy. Subsidies come at the expense of the public purse to effect some cause but are generally accompanied by deals brokered outside the public domain. They are generally one hand wash the other schemes.
Governments were not the only ones collecting aid on behalf of the Haitians. There were many non governmental organizations assisting the women, men and children of the tragedy. The US Red Cross raised half a billion to help rebuild Haiti and is said to have only built 6 homes. They released a statement claiming to have moved 100,000 people from tents to permanent housing but have offered no evidence to support this. Their infomercial features one man saying he was housed.
The Haitian earthquake killed 220,000, injured 300,000 and left 1.5 million homeless. The CIA Agency World Fact Book states that poverty, corruption, vulnerability to natural disasters, and low levels of education for much of the population are among Haiti’s most serious impediments to economic growth and that Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty.
US Department of State have helped:
- Some 328,000 displaced Haitians housed,
- 2.7 million cubic meters of rubble removed,
- 6,000 jobs created at the Caracol Industrial Park in Haiti’s north,
- Tens of thousands of Haitian farmers have higher crop yields and incomes,
- A new 10 megawatt power plant is providing electricity in the north,
- The Haitian National Police is stronger with the addition of more than 3,000 new officers,
- More Haitians have access to police services as a result of new police commissariats built in areas not previously serviced by the police,
- Some 600 semi-permanent classrooms were constructed enabling 60,000 children to return to school, and
- Many basic health indicators, including child nutrition and mortality and HIV/AIDS are improving.
Assessing the Claims
After the earthquake leveled Port au Prince, the capital, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Cubans, having already been supplying the impoverished nation with medical aid before the earthquake, were the first medical persons to respond. MSF had 3,408, Canada 45, the United States 550 and Cuba 1504 medical personnel on the ground. MSF treated 54,000, Canadians treated 21,000, the U.S. treated 871, and the Cubans treated 227,143 patients. MSF performed 3,700 surgeries, the Canadians 0, the U.S. 871 and the Cubans 6,499.
A June 2013 Government Accountability Office report of the USAID’s Haiti reconstruction effort was that USAID’s budget went up by 65%, and the number of houses to be built came down by 80%. Food security is still a major issue. American money went to the distribution of seeds, food grants, and tree planting. According to the last survey by the World Food Program there are three million women, men and children in Haiti facing food insecurity, which is half the population. The efforts by all who assisted must be applauded. Right now the aim is true justice for the deprived.
The cry was Haiti needs to be able to sustain itself. This means being aided in the creation of homes capable of withstanding their environmental conditions and not the receiving of multilateral loans to cripple it for another century, as is the practice of multilateral banks like the International Monetary Fund. It means the education of Haiti’s mass is a must. No nation can sustain or develop its people without an education system capable of improving itself. The temporary construction of schools is a temporary fix that when properly assessed is an unsustained costly waste. Permanence is needed. A functional Haiti also means a functional health care system. Before the earthquake in 2010, infant mortality, per 1,000 live births was 80 but because of the work of the Cubans who have been aiding the country from 1999, the infant mortality per 1000 births fell to 33. Child Mortality Under 5 per 1,000 was 135 and fell to 59.4. Maternal Mortality per 100,000 live births was 523 and fell to 285. Life Expectancy (years) was 54 and increased to 61.
The Cubans do not have money. Yet they commit themselves to truly helping others. What is wrong with the rest of the world. Human greed is a disease. But as one human race and one people, we decided in 1948 with our Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we wanted better. This present objective by the United Nations for sustainable development of all peoples is noble, as expressed by Christine Lagarde, its Managing Director and the whole Earth supports the overhauling of our unjust systems that have profited a small minority. In the Americas, the rewriting of economic injustice must begin with Haiti. Haiti was the first nation in the Americas to free itself of colonial rule and for that France slapped it with a crippling debt that it has never been able to repay. The evils of colonialism stalk us. We are one world and the problems of one, are the problems of all.