Six months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, anger is growing as billions in pledged funds remain uncollected and reconstruction efforts have “stalled.”
As of April 1, 2010, Haiti was promised almost $10 billion by the international community. This week, however, a CNN investigation revealed that “most governments that promised money to help rebuild the country have not delivered any funds at all.” According to the Washington Post, only two percent of total pledged funds have been delivered.
Now organizations such as the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center are reporting that anger levels in the Haitian community are rising. Videos have captured protests in the street, and local charities such as ActionAid are growing increasingly sharp in their criticism of the situation. Medical personnel at a key hospital are even organizing strikes because they have been working without pay since the earthquake.
Esquire writer Tom Chiarella spent time in Haiti recently and shared Emmanuel Midi’s perspective on the local situation:
Haitians don’t see [positive efforts to help.] They just get angry. I get angry…. The days are very long in Port-au-Prince.
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