Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On Haiti’s Earthquake Anniversary: Still Waiting for Godot

“Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It’s awful!” – Samuel Beckett, in Waiting for Godot

Months after Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, people were questioning the failure to deliver promised aid funds. Today they research the disappearance of these funds. The result is the same. No help will come. No help has come.

Elements to accelerate the country’s decline quickly came into place. By Summer 2010, the homelessness from the disaster was exacerbated by tropical storms that packed massive quantities of water because of climate change. In October, a cholera epidemic took hold, starting from a Nepalese base of the United Nations. An epidemic was predictable, though the specifics agents of infection were not, and Cuban health workers, rather than the non-governmental organizations (NGO) that became rich from the disaster, did most of the work to control the disease, as expected.

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