US/Euro pillage masking as Humanitarian Aid
"But alas, the West dreams of riding the world economic recession and political dangers for themselves on the backs of Haiti's dead to the tune of the $5.3, $10 billion do-gooder image they've siphoned off for themselves. Officialdom's policymakers dream of doing more of what they've done in Haiti these last nightmarish six-years and of using the earthquake windfalls to build tourist enclaves and waterfront casinos in Site Soley, Fort National and throwing out the Black Haitian majority as was done in New Orleans.
So why bother against these dreams of the BlackBerry-smartphone contingent? Against the NGOs' useless waste of money ...For whose entertainment shall we sing our agony? In what hopes? That the destroyers, aspiring to extinguish us, will suffer conciliatory remorse at the sight of their own fantastic success?" -- Ezili Dantò on the UN Donor March 31st Conference. (See also, Tell the Truth About Haiti Forum with Ezili Dantò of HLLN.)
The colonial marketplace called Haiti - which the World Superpower amuses itself with, by apportioning off, at will, to various nations and commercial allies - needs no more to be a Bush-Clinton dream place except to get rid of the recalcitrant African population and import a more submissive workforce. Maybe China has been approached to help in this next step?
Boiling down and bringing to focus the big picture, the US has had a hand in fifty solid years of US-supported dictatorship in Haiti. Starting from 1957 to 2010 with (2006 to 2010) 4-years of sham election-for-exclusion-of-the-masses and some brave but brief glimpses of opposition to US “neoliberalism” for 7-months in 1991 and then barely 3 years from 2001 to 2004. February 29, 2004 was the last time Haiti’s masses were included in Haiti’s political life. This US rule in Haiti is nothing if not a rousing success of the US’s crushing might over the defenseless Black Haitian majority's wishes for a better life, for use of the resources of their own country to elevate their circumstances. But at the March 31st UN Donor Meeting, the US-led in the continued “rescue” of Haiti from, presumably, the “evil and corrupt Haitian government” unable to rule their own people, too weak to prevent the catastrophe wrought on by a 7.0 earthquake. It’s all Haiti’s fault you see. Ask. Senator Dodd and the Senate Foreign Relations committee members advocating putting Haiti under open trusteeship, will testify. Never mind the US power Haiti’s been under these last 50-years and before.
Conflicting pretensions, narratives and loud mama and papa Clinton declarations aside, the stark reality is that Haiti’s impoverishment feeds the do-gooder brand of the US and is used to enrich the NGO industry, private para-military firms, not to mention the resource extraction cartels. US/Euro humanitarian aid masks the feudal pillage and plunder currently going on behind the UN/US military occupation.
If this ruthless reality were not so, one might wistfully suggest that there was, at that Donor meeting, at least one good example of what real humanitarian help looks like and suggest examination of the proposal outlined in the Statement of the Cuban Foreign Minister at the UN Donors Meeting on Haiti .
Below we post the Haiti-Cuba proposal for building health care in Haiti that considers the needs of the poorest of the poor, Haiti's realities and is without the unseemly large budget and consumerish waste of the cork-popping champaign fanfare of the UN/Papa-Mama Clinton March 31st media show and pledging session that just took place. It is worthy of all our support. If only this Haiti-Cuba health care proposal that's made with the cooperation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other countries and humanitarian organizations, could be brought into application without the US/Euro policymakers' interference and use of their egotistical NGOs and mercenary military contractors to block it. If only their inhumanity, narcissism and vulgarity could be held in abeyance while heart sore human beings, living under water-logged tents, old cardboard and wet sheets, people with damaged and inflamed limbs, some also tear-gassed by the UN for protesting their conditions; if only their inhumanity, narcissism and vulgarity could be held in abeyance as Haiti tries to recover from the ravages of the US/Euro neoliberalism and despotism that exacerbated a 7.0 earthquake so that it took the lives of over 300,000? (How did the Red Cross spend $106 Million Dollars in Haiti?)
While the champaign bottles were popping at the UN for the pledging session's success - $5billion, 10 billion pledged for the future. Whose future? Haitians in Haiti need a hoe, a tractor, some lifting equipment, so they might not have to use their bare hands to dig out the corpses still under the rubble almost three months after the earthquake. Just a hoe, a tractor - we'll do the work. But no, the Internationals are going to give us $5 billion later, be happy. Wait for it as you die inside because your daughter, son, wife, mother, father, cousin and friends are still dead under the rubble and no one will help you lift up the cement blocks and steel cables so you might bury them. Yep, you have no food, no water, no medical treatment, no job to go to, no shelter today, but don't worry, "The international community pledged $5.3 billion Wednesday for earthquake-shattered Haiti over the next two years, launching an ambitious effort not just to rebuild the hemisphere's poorest nation but also to transform it into a modern state." ( $5.3 billion pledged over 2 years at U.N. conference for Haiti reconstruction.)
For $5.3 to $10 billion in earthquake reconstruction funds not yet collected, the Preval government "agree" that an Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti (HRIC), composed of 13 foreigners and 7 Haitians, will approve disbursements for rebuilding projects. The World Bank will hold collected donor funds and distribute said funds to "Haiti" rebuilding projects it deems worthy. Then, another group of non-Haitians will supervise the Haitian government's implementation of the projects the World Bank strategists’ think worthy.
So, while the United States, the largest shareholder in the World Bank, openly confirms its domination of Haiti, continues to trample on Haitian sovereignty with the added benefit of having the out that the Haitian government - not them, not their NGOs - failed in its implementation of projects; while that little understanding was being thoroughly fastened down at the UN Donor meeting, right then at Fort National Haiti, the people are just walking over corpses and digging on the spot they find them to bury them. Others are burning the remains they find so that the stench and airborne disease won't kill the living. But don't worry. Remember, papa and mama Clinton cares, the UN cares, Preval cares because at the UN Donor session the $5.3 billion amount "exceeded by more than $1 billion the goal set ahead of a conference co-sponsored by the United Nations and the U.S. government. In all, countries, development banks and nongovernmental groups pledged nearly $10 billion for Haiti in years to come." (http://bit.ly/97OTp6 .)
In years to come...
What is needed now is to finish extracting and burying the remaining dead, nurture the living, find a job to survive, get shelter from the elements and coming rains and hurricanes, medical treatment, food, water and get rid of the foreign experts who say their country is financing the Haitian government budget and therefore are the ones to represent the people of Haiti. Meanwhile Senator Dodd of Connecticut and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are not going to these rulers of Haiti for the failure of the so-called Haitian government but asking for more foreigners like them to take charge despite the Internationals' six-year dismal failures in Haiti since the 2004 Bush bi-centennial regime change.
Besides, what can the people under water-logged tarps and tents do with the abstract $5.3 billion pledged by these Internationals? A backhoe, tractor, some seeds to plant food and fruit trees, some electricity, in-Haiti production of all daily necessities, shelter, sanitation, a wheelchair, a prosthetic limb to replace the one cut off by the quake’s ravages, a safe place to live, food, running water, antibiotics, some compassion and a living wage job to keep one from thinking about the lost of one's everything, would be helpful. Like now, per chance? Using, not foreign resources, but Haiti's gold, petrol, iridium, uranium, bauxite, limestone and the expertise of Haitians from the US, Canada, France, Latin America or the Caribbean who are willing to VOLUNTEER their time and transfer their skills to native Haitians for the nation's good - to build Haitian capacity not NGO capacity in Haiti.
But alas, the West dreams of riding the world economic recession and political dangers for themselves on the backs of Haiti's dead to the tune of the $5.3, $10 billion do-gooder image they've siphoned off for themselves. Officialdom's policymakers dream of doing more of what they've done in Haiti these last nightmarish six-years and of using the earthquake windfalls to build tourist enclaves and waterfront casinos in Site Soley, Fort National and throwing out the Black Haitian majority as was done in New Orleans.
So why bother against these dreams of the BlackBerry-smartphone contingent? Against the NGOs' useless waste of money, their setting up projects where no Haitians participate, justifying their jobs by holding meetings upon meetings with the people in the camps but with no follow-up except their trophy reports/press releases and conferences to show direct connection to justify their existence?
**************************************"Bellerive (Haiti's Prime Minister) and a consortium of well-known Haitian figures, such as Reginald Boulos, worked on a document concerning the economic future of Haiti. The text does not explore the amazing opportunities offered by the exploitation of Haiti’s mining and oil resources, nor does it mentioned any of the serious studies done on the subject. Instead, it presents agriculture as the main alternative to resolve Haiti’s problems. By ignoring the question of Haiti’s natural resources, it is as if the message was: there will be looting, pillage. But we will give you a little piece of bread... The peasants may only receive a little of the leftovers from the NGOs but at least they will eat bread…. One bag of rice against one bag of Gold…" (-- See, Shocking declarations made by Prime Minister Bellerive about the presence of gold, oil & iridium in Haiti | (Video) | In French .)
Haiti has oil, iridium, uranium, copper, coal, limestone, the purest marble and, in terms of its gold, "$10 million dollars have been invested by CFI (the World Bank private sector) in relationship with the IMF for a project worth billions of dollars." Where is this information measured, factored, in these UN/US-sponsored reconstruction plans and UN Donor media shows? Why must Haiti import fuel from the Dominican Republic and, thus the US, instead of domestically producing its own energy? Where are the plans for using green and alternative energy - Haiti's natural assets- its dry, un-arable, unusable lands for biofuel (Jathropa) production; its wind, sea, sun, rivers for ocean heat pumps, solar cookers and panels, hydro-electric, geo thermal and for coal energy, which Haiti has in abundance instead of Haiti sending hundreds of millions overseas to BUY fuel? What's so new about this International Haiti Plan if it's not about food sovereignty so the people won't need foreign big-pharmaceutical "supplements" and vaccines on empty, not to mention aching stomachs from drinking foul water.
A U.N. Report released in March of 2010 said that dirty water kills more people each year than all forms of violence combined including war. According to the WHO, of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old...80 percent of all disease is caused by lack of basic sanitation and lack of clean water. There are 4,500 kids that die everyday from lack of basic sanitation and water"simple diseases like diarrhea. But (Lane Wood) said, there are some less obvious impacts of drinking dirty water. For example, dirty water can undermine other humanitarian efforts that money and effort have been poured into, like efforts to control AIDS/HIV in Africa. They're going home, they're taking their medicine with bacteria-filled water, and their bodies are not absorbing the medicine." (Lane Wood says 2010 earthquake took toll on Haiti's water.)
What's new if this Clinton/Haiti Reconstruction Plan is still about dependency - that is, using fertile land not for feeding the ill and starving people but for exporting coffee, avocado, mangoes (for Coca Cola), et al...and continuing to IMPORT food, to import fuel, "medicine" and foreign charity workers, and not about system-wide domestically produced food, clean running water, domestically generated fuel, jobs, education, health care and serious investment in sanitation and communication infrastructure and the energy to support these to help the masses connect into the global economy and have a non-mediated but sovereign voice?
US foreign aid for Haiti is money raised to employ its own corporations, nationals and as funds for buying its own products and dumping them into Haiti - vaccines, seeds, fertilizer, nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides, Arkansas rice and food products, imported fuel, and ready-to-eat-meals, et al. Why? The watchword in US/Euro imperial geopolitics is pursuing interests not principles (of humane co-existence), charity not solidarity. Haiti is not the poorest country. It's the most exploited country.
Like always, we're mostly on our own. Just different Haitians are dying, in jail and being abused and tear-gassed by the UN. Oceans of our blood have poured and watered the soil upon which Haiti stands.
" For whose entertainment shall we sing our agony? In what hopes? That the destroyers, aspiring to extinguish us, will suffer conciliatory remorse at the sight of their own fantastic success? The last imbecile to dream such dreams is dead, killed by the saviors of his dreams." (Ayi Kwei Armah, from the book Two Thousand Seasons.)
And so it is an exercise in futility to go to the perpetrators and executioners of human rights crimes in Haiti in hopes of getting justice for our people. Those who ousted the constitutional government of Haiti – the U.N., which acts as proxy to maintain this international crime, the Haitian lackeys and their State Department masters – are dead inside and cannot hear the cries of the Haitian masses.
It’s not their mission or mandate. For they don’t represent life, liberty, democracy, development and decency, but its opposite." -- Ezili Dantò, Another Haitian independence day under Occupation, Jan. 1, 2009 . (See also, Ezili Dantò of Haiti Interview by A. Omar Muhammad )
Who in Haiti and in the Diaspora is not soul-tired of the unrelenting US/Euro resource war on Haiti masking as humanitarian aid? The Independence Debt Haiti constantly has to pay? (See, The Haitian struggle - the greatest David vs. Goliath battle being played out on this planet.)
"Haiti has paid its dues" says Harry Fouche of the HLLN Relief Delegation and a former Counsul General for Haiti. "...Quebec, Paris, Washington owe, not foreign aid to Haiti, but a debt to Haiti," Fouche insists.
Sadly, all that's been taken from Haiti far from slakes insatiable egos, their passion for domination hidden behind humanitarian imperialism and hypocritical moderation, fueled by cultural hegemony, patriarchy, racism and rank avarice. False charity, false benevolence, false “bringing security to Haiti” doesn't veil Officialdom’s market share impositions and resource wars on independent Black Haiti. Not even barely. This Cuban proposal for health care ought to be brought into application. Really. And if Haiti’s majority had any say, if Haiti had any sovereignty, if the law, the good, the decent and moral had any teeth in these trying of times, there's no doubt, it would be. But the foreigners and their Haitian Blan peyi making mostly more than $500 a day in Haiti from donation funds pilfered from the pain they've caused, exacerbated and made worst through their rule in Haiti are not embarrassed at all. They make more than $500-a day in Haiti happily proclaiming it's kosher for Haitians to make .38cents an hour. And through their self-serving defamation and denigration of Haiti’s Black people and always “evil government” or officials, these modern day slave-making Gran Blan, of all the classes and races, make Haiti’s suffering so ordinary, so natural, so-explainable, even they don’t see their own vulgarity. The day these insatiable vampires in Haiti accept to level the social and economic hierarchies they’ve imposed on Black Haiti, especially on Black Haitian women, and accept to come to “help” for the same .38 cents per hour salary their policymakers deem good enough for Haitians, is the day the majority in Haiti shall take any of them seriously. Until then, the Haitian Revolution shall continue. Liberty or Death. The souls gone shall add to our strength to continue until we’ve stopped or tied-up the Bafyòti (black collaborator), Mundele (white colonist/imperialist) and all their Ndoki – evil forces. E, e, Mbomba, e, e! Kanga Bafyòti. Kanga Mundele. Kanga Ndòki. (The Bwa Kayiman exhortation that began the Haitian Revolution.)
In the last six-years since Bush’s bi-centennial regime change and since the tyrannical NGO industry and US/Euro market privateers took over Haiti, what has worked to assuage the vivid ills inflicted on the poor is the direct help Haitians have provided to each other and the Diaspora remittances. Other than that, with some small exceptions from a few small human rights organizations, Haitians may count on the Cuban doctors whose services do not strip them of their sovereignty, equality, humanity and dignity.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
(See also: Ezili Dantò's Re-memberment for the quake victims and HLLN
Delegation mobilizing Haiti-led Relief/Rebuilding and Haiti Women Noticeably absent at UN Donor Conference.)
** US foreign aid for Haiti is money raised to employ its own corporations, nationals and as funds for buying its own products and dumping them into Haiti - vaccines, seeds, fertilizer, nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides, Arkansas rice and food products, imported fuel, and ready-to-eat-meals, et al...Why? The watchword in US/Euro imperial geopolitics is pursuing interests not principles (of humane co-existence).
Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Statement of the Cuban Foreign Minister at the UN Donors Meeting on Haiti
How did the Red Cross spend $106 Million Dollars in Haiti?
(Note: Amongst some of the testimonies that's not clearly
translated in this most valuable video referenced above: a woman points to a water drum with a "Red Cross" sign on it and says that the water they give is not treated. She drinks it because she has no money to buy good drinkable water but suffers right now from a stomach ache from drinking the Red Cross polluted water gift...)
English: Shocking declarations made by Prime Minister Bellerive about the presence of gold, oil & iridium in Haiti - http://bit.ly/duqo6r
French: Le premier ministre Bellerive à Montréal: déclarations troublantes sur le pétrole, l’iridium et l’or d’Haïti, dans le tumulte de l’après tremblement de terre de Port-Au-Prince
Video - http://bit.ly/8XtZ5o
Ezili Dantò of Haiti Interview by A. Omar Muhammad
Ezili Dantò's Re-memberment for the quake victims and HLLN Delegation mobilizing Haiti-led Relief/Rebuilding
Statement of Cuban Foreign Minister at UN Donors Meeting on Haiti
Statement of H.E. Bruno Rodríguez Parilla,
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Cuba
at the Haiti Donors Meeting
United Nations Headquarters
New York, 31 March, 2010
The international community has a tremendous debt with Haiti where, after three centuries of colonialism, the first social revolution on the American continent took place, an act of boldness that the colonial powers punished with close to 200 years of military dictatorships and plunder. Its noble and hardworking people are now the poorest in the Western hemisphere.
We all have the moral obligation to contribute additional financial resources and greater cooperation to Haiti, not only for its reconstruction but, in particular, for its development.
In order to have an idea of the magnitude of the human tragedy in Haiti, suffice it to note that the death of 230,000 people in its small and high-density population, is equivalent to the death of more than 30 million people in a country such as China, whose population reaches a total of 1.3 billion inhabitants; an unimaginable tragedy.
In the wake of this devastating earthquake that shook the conscience of humanity, we trust that the numerous promises heard will be converted into action, that Haiti’s independence and sovereignty will be respected and ennobled, that the government of President René Préval and Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive will be facilitated to exercise all its faculties, and that it will be able to benefit, not the whites and foreign companies, but the Haitian people, especially the poorest.
Generosity and political will is needed. Also needed is the unity of that country instead of its division into market plots and dubious charitable projects.
The program for the reconstruction and strengthening of the Haitian national healthcare system, drawn up by the Haitian government and Cuban governments, with the cooperation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other countries and humanitarian organizations, will guarantee wide health coverage for the population, in particular the low-income sector.
That program is based on 101 primary healthcare centers which are being created, at which an estimated 2.8 million patients will be treated, 1.3 million emergency operations performed, 168,000 babies delivered, and 3 million vaccinations administered every year.
These health centers will be supported by the services of 30 community reference hospitals distributed throughout the country and equipped with cutting-edge technology for secondary attention, which can treat 2.154 million people per year, perform 54,000 operations – 1 million of these emergency surgery –, 276,000 electro-cardiograms, 144,000 diagnostic ultrasounds, 43,000 endoscopies, 181,000 X-Rays, 107,000 dental examinations, and 487,000 laboratory tests.
Given the extraordinary number of poly-traumatized patients, 30 rehabilitation rooms are likewise being equipped which, within 12 months, will provide services for 520,000 patients and 2.4 million therapeutic treatments.
There will also be three electromedicine centers, a prosthesis laboratory and an integral hygiene and epidemiology program.
Also planned is a Haitian National Specialties Hospital at tertiary level, involving cooperation from other countries, directed by 80 high-level Cuban specialists responsible for services and clinical departments, research and teaching, and Haitian professionals who will be trained at the institution and progressively replace the Cuban medical professors.
The cost of the already mentioned services will amount to $690.5 million over 10 years, a total that includes the medical services provided, calculated at 50% of international prices; the sustainability of these services and the personnel providing them; and the training of a further 312 Haitian doctors in Cuba.
As can be deduced, the approximate cost is $170 million per year for a country of approximately 9.33 million inhabitants.
It is possible to do this. Our practical experience confirms it. In fact, this program is already underway and, post-quake, 23 of these primary care health centers, 15 community reference hospitals and 21 rehabilitation rooms are up and running.
From almost immediately after the earthquake, Cuban specialists have been dedicating their attention to the population affected. To date they have seen 260,000 patients, performed more than 7,000 operations, delivered close to 1,400 babies, and administered close to 100,000 vaccinations. More than 50,000 patients have undergone rehabilitation therapy and more than 75,000 children have received psychosocial therapy, in the presence of some of Cuba’s most eminent professionals.
A total of 783 Cuban and 481 Haitian doctors, plus 278 health professionals from 28 countries – all of them graduated in Cuba – are working on this program.
Last Saturday [March 27], as part of the program outlined, a memorandum of understanding for the strengthening of the healthcare and public services system and epidemiological prevention was signed in Port-au-Prince, thanks to the will of the Haitian government and a significant contribution from President Lula and Brazil, which will be decisive for the planned healthcare program.
During the 11 years of work prior to the earthquake, the Cuban medical brigade, which has a presence in 127 of the 137 Haitian communes, saved 223,442 lives, treated 14 million people, performed 225,000 operations and delivered 109,000 babies. Via the Operation Miracle program, 46,000 Haitians have had their sight restored or improved. During the same period, 165,000 Haitians have become literate in Creole.
If we evaluate the medical services provided in these 11 years and the training of medical personnel in Cuba, it would represent $400 million throughout the period.
The medical program that we are proposing, in its entirety, will benefit 75% of the poorest population of the country at a minimum expense.
We invite all governments, without exception, to contribute to this noble effort. For that reason, we attribute particular importance to this conference, and aspire to its success.
Thank you very much.
Translated by Granma International
Posted by Overseas Review at 1:29 AM
Published March 6th 2010
This week, specifically March 4th and March 5th, a conference was held at “L’École Polytechnique de Montréal”.
The subject of this conference, organized by GRANH ( Groupe de réflexion et d’action pour une Haiti nouvelle), was the reconstruction of Haiti. Daphney Laraque, one of the participant (MRDH Mouvement pour le respect des droits humains), asked Haitian Prime Minister Bellerive the following questions: Does Haiti have a plan for the exploitation of its natural resources, specifically Gold, Oil and Iridium? Did anyone sign off the rights to exploit these resources to foreign interests? Are there contracts underway, if yes, what is the nature of these contracts?
Jean-Max Bellerive, the same who said at “La Perle Retrouvée”: 10% of 1,000$ is better then 100% of 0, could not avoid the question. Remember that at the conference held at “La Perle Retrouvée” last month, Ricardo Lamour (Pétition Villanueva) asked a similar question, but received no answer. This time, the recently appointed prime minister could not escape the subject.
He even made the following revealing statements:
1 – There is oil in Haiti.
2 – Contracts regarding the exploitation of oil in Haiti and oil refineries are currently underway.
3 – Bellerive declared he had knowledge of documentation about the presence of Iridium in Haiti.
4 – Contracts have already been signed and work is in progress for the exploitation of Gold in Haiti. $10 million dollars have been invested by CFI (the World Bank private sector) in relationship with the IMF for a project worth billions of dollars.
All of which is going on while Haiti is struggling to recover from the earthquake.
The Prime Minister did not specify what was the nature of these contracts, which companies or governments are the beneficiaries, and which part, (if any), will profit Haiti. It seems though, that for the beneficiaries of these contracts, nature does it best!
Bellerive and a consortium of well-known Haitian figures, such as Reginald Boulos, worked on a document concerning the economic future of Haiti. The text does not explore the amazing opportunities offered by the exploitation of Haiti’s mining and oil resources, nor does it mentioned any of the serious studies done on the subject. Instead it presents agriculture as the main alternative to resolve Haiti’s problems. By ignoring the question of Haiti’s natural resources, it is as if the message was: there will be looting, pillage. But we will give you a little piece of bread. Even more deceiving is that they managed to get the help of left wing Michel Chancy, to sanction this masquerade. The peasants may only receive a little of the leftovers from the NGOs but at least they will eat bread…. One bag of rice against one bag of Gold…
Question: What is Bellerive aiming at by his multiple trips abroad? The solicitation of Haiti’s Diapora’s resources? Not really. He even warns us: “ Do not bear the arrogance of telling us what to do, please remain humble”. But he does not forget to flatter the Diaspora by telling them that they are essential to the reconstruction of Haiti.
In fact, Bellerive an ex-diaspora himself, hero of the private sector, is more in line with the views inspired by neo-imperialists such as Denis Coderre, Pierre Pettigrew and Lawrence Cannon. Their discourse seems to say: Diaspora we love and respect you, please validate us as people representing your interest abroad. Do not worry, abusive exploitation contracts will be sign under your name.
But do not take my word for it, Bellerive isn’t that obvious. He is an intelligent man. A clever politician, and he will lose you around the corner. He follows itineraries such as those of Gerard Latortue. By praising foreigners he imposes his presence inside Haiti, and his visits abroad seem more and more like an electoral campaign..
Where we need to thank him, is that his revelations force us to question the validity of imposed Haitian governments since 2005 with Latortue by the friends of Haiti and the legality of signed contracts since then.
Well Mr. Bellerive, the 10% of these billions that you previously referred to, where are they in Haiti’s reconstructions plan? Who are they going to? Apparently, not to people! Well in this case let’s take 100% of 0$ if you know what I mean.
And for the diaspora, why not give money and help directly to the brothers and sisters in Haiti, instead of believing in the so-called generosity of leaders.
Written by Zulu Didier Berry*****************************************
UPDATE : June 22, 2010
US Senate report says Haiti rebuilding has stalled
Haiti has made little progress in rebuilding in the five months since its earthquake, because of an absence of leadership, disagreements among donors and general disorganization, a U.S. Senate report says.
Obtained Monday by The Associated Press, the eight-page report is meant to give Congress a picture of Haiti today as U.S. legislators consider authorizing $2 billion to support the country's reconstruction.
That picture is grim: Millions displaced from their homes, rubble and collapsed buildings still dominating the landscape. Three weeks into hurricane season, with tropical rains lashing the capital daily, construction is being held up by land disputes and customs delays while plans for moving people out of tent-and-tarp settlements remain in "early draft form," it says.
The report was written by staff of Sen. John Kerry, the Massachuetts Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other Democrats who interviewed U.S., Haitian, United Nations and other officials and visited resettlement camps, hospitals and schools throughout the quake zone.
"While many immediate humanitarian relief priorities appear to have been met, there are troubling signs that the recovery and longer term rebuilding activities are flagging," said the report, which is scheduled to be released Tuesday.
Three times it says the rebuilding process has "stalled" since the Jan. 12 disaster.
The report also criticizes the government of Haitian President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, saying it has "not done an effective job of communicating to Haitians that it is in charge and ready to lead the rebuilding effort." The report calls on Preval to take a "more visible and active role, despite the difficulties."
Bellerive responded to the criticism in a Monday interview with the AP. He said officials are working hard behind the scenes to ensure reconstruction does not simply mean the rebuilding of barely livable slums.
"We understand the impatience and we are the ones more frustrated than anybody," the prime minister said. "It took some time. I believe four months (since a U.N. donors' conference in March) to plan the refoundation from such a disaster is pretty acceptable."
With a chuckle, he also said it is unfair for U.S. officials to take him to task when the Senate still has not approved aid money that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton promised at the donors' conference.
"They ask me to move more projects when the money is still on hold," Bellerive said.
In all, just 2 percent of the $5.3 billion in near-term aid pledges have actually been delivered, up from 1 percent last week.
The report expresses concerns that even once the money is in hand, it will not move quickly enough to help. The funds are managed by a 26-member reconstruction commission led by Bellerive and former U.S. President Bill Clinton that started its operations last week.
While the report calls the commission the "best near-term prospect for driving rebuilding," it also says the panel "has the potential to dramatically slow things down through cumbersome bureaucratic obstacles at a time when Haiti cannot afford to delay."
The report notes disagreements among donors over strategy, approach and priorities, saying the disputes "are undercutting recovery and rebuilding."
The reconstruction panel includes representatives of donors who pledged at least $100 million in cash or $200 million of debt relief, including the United States, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.
Bellerive said the report's criticism that the panel has been too slow in organizing is already moot. "We had a meeting, we have an office, we have administrative support," he said.
One thing on which all parties agree is the importance of November elections. The legislature has almost entirely dissolved after members' terms expired because the quake forced the cancellation of February legislative elections. Preval's five-year term ends next February; an attempt to prolong his term by several months if elections are not held resulted in protesters clashing with police in front of the ruins of the presidential palace.
Failing to hold the November elections on time, even despite the losses of the electoral commission's headquarters and records, could imperil "Haiti's fragile democracy," the report says. But it expresses limited optimism that a plan for holding the vote is "apparently imminent."
June 21, 2010 10:42 PM