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Six months after earthquake, anger growing over broken promises in Haiti

In this photo taken June 30, 2010, a man walks past debris in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
In this photo taken June 30, 2010, a man walks past debris in downtown Port-au-Prince. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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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  • Haitiwatcher 5 years ago

    Did anyone see this statement by the french government? They are promising haiti 17 billion euros over 50 years!!! This is a big deal now for international development, france will lead the way.

  • mike 5 years ago

    Just got done watching CNN report on Tons of beans and lots of cars and heavy equiptment that are tied up in Haiti customs being charged storage fees while the goverment of Haiti obstructs their delivery and use for their own people. I would think that the people of Haiti should be sharp and angered at their own government who it appears to me might be trying to make money from charities thru out the world who have sent aid and are now paying the Haiti government storage fees on it as it sit unused. That is despicable and riduculous.

  • Billy Bob Thorn 5 years ago

    France doesn't lead the world in anything but being obnoxious.

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