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PLEDGES TO REBUILD HAITI NOT BEING MET TO NO ONE’S SURPRISE
July 23 2012
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – It been two and half years, believe it or not, since Haiti was levelled by that massive earthquake that killed thousands of people. That event, which collapsed the capital city and displaced millions, drew international attention to the poor nation for perhaps the first time in history. It drew record donations and pledges from around the world to rally to the Haitian cause.
As was the case in the earliest days of the tragedy when funds went missing or were just flat-out embezzled, those pledges to rebuild Haiti and perhaps even improve the nation have fallen utterly flat. Cities still stand in ruins and little is being done to change things.
Even the United States, the wealthy neighbour which pledged to rebuild the country with a $1.8 billion dollar fund, has fallen short of its plans to repair the country and help get it back on its feet which is pretty much what everyone expected would happen. It is Haiti after all.
“The U.S. government cannot dictate how the government of Haiti, as a sovereign country, chooses to address its financial situation,” said a spokesperson for USAID.
Overall the world pledged about $10 billion most of which has either not been allocated or just misplaced by the Haitian regime.
It’s not clear why the money was actually given to Haitian authorities, like actually sent to the government to deal with.
“It’s really a shame that all that promise and motivation the world had back then has pretty much gone to seed. Well, almost totally gone to seed in fact. It’s shame but really I don’t think anyone can be all that surprised it happened. The last thing they should have done was actually give money to the Haitian government but that is exactly what they did,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “That was their first mistake. The biggest mistake was actually thinking they could make a difference in the country. I think that’s where the real problem lies because if they hadn’t actually tried they wouldn’t be sitting here all disappointed at their failure. Actually when you look at it like that it makes total sense. The world just really shouldn’t have tried and thus wouldn’t have failed.”
Most of the promised money has either not been sent or just spent on garbage no one needs.
“What Haiti needed was for another nation to come and conquer it. It needs that now
actually but no one seems ready to do that. Plus it’s likely the people there will revolt against such a thing which is really what got them in trouble in the first place. When they were slaves way back when everything was good. When they tried to run the country themselves that’s when things went bad,” continued Hander. “I’m not suggesting the Haitian people should go back to being slaves or anything just that things seemed better back when they were, that’s all. If they need to go back to that to get clean drinking water and houses, well, it’s better than what they have now so it’s an option I suppose. I’m sure China would be more than willing to take them on.”
It’s believed that even under slavery the Haitian government would still screw things up.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent