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Stolen Haitian Relief Money

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Instead of relief going to help Haitians, it's given to profiteering companies and NGOs. Haitians then and now ask where did the money go? It hasn't helped them.

Washington diverted the largest amount. Instead of helping, it sent in the marines, let contracts for corporate predators, and funded well-connected profiteering NGOs. Haitians got hardly anything. They're still waiting for desperately needed aid.

Their government got 1% of the money. Little went to Haitian companies or local NGOs. Private companies specializing in disasters got funding. Much of what was pledged never came. It happens every time.

Other funds received weren't spent. Quigley and Ramanauskas are human rights lawyers. They said:

"Respect, transparency and accountability are the building blocks for human rights." 

"Haitians deserve to know where the money has gone, what the plans are for the money still left, and to be partners in the decision-making for what is to come."

Once relief aid stops, they'll be responsible entirely for solving problems so far not even addressed.

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On July 5, The New York Times headlined "Earthquake Relief Where Haiti Wasn't Broken."

It provided a rare mainstream glimpse at how Haitians have been harmed and cheated.

"On the first anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, in a sleepy corner of northeast Haiti far from the disaster zone, the Haitian government began the process of evicting 366 farmers from a large, fertile tract of land to clear the way for a new industrial park."

They didn't "understand why authorities wanted to replace productive agricultural land with factories in a rural country that had trouble feeding itself."

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Many other troubling incidents followed. Haitians are virtually helpless to stop it.

Bill Clinton co-chairs the so-called Haiti recovery commission. He celebrated the Caracol Industrial Park project by "cementing an agreement with the anchor tenant - Sae-A-Trading." Wife Hillary helped seal the deal.

Sae-A is a South Korean clothing manufacturer. It's a major supplier for Walmart and other large retailers. 

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Nature did not "wrought" these things.  HAARP... by Grama Vonsttgd on Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 6:02:16 AM
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