Friday, May 14, 2010

Canada's Contribution to Haiti: Money for Prisons Instead of Schools

Why does a country with one of the lowest crime rates in the Western Hemisphere need 9,000+ UN troops, US troops and 4.4 million dollars for prisons?

We've all seen, read, and heard about the deplorable conditions in which the people of Haiti are living under in the aftermath of the earthquake. Don't despair. Hope is on the way with the construction of a 4.4 million dollar prison that is near completion in Croix des Bouquets, courtesy of one the "friends of Haiti" – Canada. Question: Will the opening of this new facility and others in Jacmel and Leogane alleviate the homelessness problem?

Canada has committed 34.6 million dollars to ensure that the Black Haitians are securely contained. Haven't you noticed the new shiny riot gear of the Haitian police?

Who needs schools, housing, agricultural development and other social services when you’ve got prisons?

As the Haitian Policemen go about doing what they are trained to do, don't forget Canada's role.

Photo: Flickr/ Ben Piven

Source: TheHaitianBlogger

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