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In tragedy and disaster, the world always exploits Haiti

Once again, Haiti is hurting.

And this time, Hurricane Matthew has left hundreds dead in the black island nation. There is no doubt that Haiti needs help, just as the nation has been in need after other natural disasters, other storms, and the 2010 earthquake, which measured at magnitude 7.0 and left more than 160,000 people dead and 1.5 million people displaced.

In the aftermath of the earthquake and other catastrophes, many international agencies have exploited Haiti’s tragedy, and the funds never reached the victims who desperately needed them. It was one big scam. Haiti was pimped. The Red Cross raised nearly half a billion dollars from millions of donations, more than any other agency, and vowed to help rebuild the nation. It is hard to know where the money went — and that is certainly a lot of money which could have done much good — but one thing’s for sure: It didn’t go to Haiti.

The Red Cross built six homes, even as the organization claimed it provided housing to 130,000 people. Then there were botched projects, lack of expertise and an overreliance on foreign staff who could not speak Creole or French. Internally, the Red Cross saw the earthquake as “a spectacular fundraising opportunity,” as making money off of black suffering is nothing new.

 

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