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Audio slideshow: Haiti, one year later

Leonel Fernandez, president of the Dominican Republic, talks about the recovery effort in nearby Haiti, where more than 200,000 people died as a result of last year’s earthquake. Fernandez has helped lead the reconstruction process, and hosted a World Summit on the Future of Haiti in Santo Domingo last year. As the one-year anniversary of the earthquake approaches, a report by Oxfam International has criticized world leaders and Haitian officials for the slow pace of the recovery. For example, only five percent of the rubble has been cleared so far.


  • Mary Jane Perez Cornielle

    I’m sad to say, that if Haiti would have been a Nation of Caucasians, the recovery process would have been much faster. It is my contention that all the millions of dollars of aide to Haiti past and present do not go into the national treasury, but into pockets.

  • Theo

    If the United States will spend 1/100th of the resources being wasted to destroy Afghanistan, to help Haitians, situation would have improved for this courageous, poor, maligned nation of Africans who ended up in the Americas as a result of slavery.

    Since this little country fought and defeated the French and gained independence over a century ago, France, United States and lately Canada have systematically raided Haiti of any resources it had. It was so blatant during the Bush Administration, that the elected President of Haiti was kidnapped by the US military and flown of the country, and then told never to return to the hemisphere by Washington. So much for US mouthing about support for democracy.

    It is a shame that the world will allow a whole nation to waste away.

  • Ehwright1

    I have worked for an NGO in Haiti and I have many Haitian friends who live there. For the most part Haitians are honest people and among the hardest working people I have ever known. However, the people suffer from a lack of education, rampant disease and poverty with all that entails.

    The people are further plagued by an ongoing governmental leadership that is corrupt, power hungry and greedy– from the top down and the bottom up. Haitians live in a country where from their nation’s founding, the leadership has worked to keep the people both superstitious and ignorant. While leadership amassed both wealth and power for themselves.

    I believe most world leaders who function with democratic/republican ideals and genuinely want to help this nation to accomplish speedy revitalization of the island nation. However, they seem to turn a blind eye from the stark realities of the people they deal with in Haiti. How do you rid a rotting festering nation of it’s maggots and come away with a healthy, vital, and strong country? Is Timely redevelopment beyond the ability of EVERYONE’s best intentions. (I sincerely hope not. However, in an atmosphere where everyone has his/her hand out for speedy money and is seeking self advancement–with little or no regard for anyone else, how could ANY development projects advance in a speedy manner.

    The great sadness of Haiti is the desperation of the Haitians who always hope for BETTER and are always served with BITTER. After so much time, the rot of futility and hopelessness sets in. Even those with the best of intentions become disenchanted.

    Let us hope the nation’s of the world who have pledged to rebuild Haiti will stand fast and honor their commitments. The time has come for outside nations to play hard ball with the powers that be in Haiti. It is time to realistically deal with the realities of Haitian corruption and mismanagement.


  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    A repeat of a message to the President of the United States one year ago:

    Mr. Obama, with hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in the USA, your government would be a true world leader if it recruited and funded a large team of skilled people from that population to return home to help rebuild Haiti.
    These individuals have a cultural understanding of their nation that nobody else has, and would provide fellow Haitians the pride and inspiration to turn that devastated country into a glowing example of what can be done when a people get together.
    Otherwise, the Haitian repair effort will become a failed example of outsiders imposing their will without honoring or understanding much, if anything, about those who need the help.
    Please Mr. Obama, assemble this special team of Haitians as quickly as possible.

    Rudy Haugeneder
    PS. It is never too late to act.