With worldwide aid money totaling in the billions, many are concerned that Haiti’s government will not properly handle the allocation of those funds. In fact, many Haitians are expecting that will be the case. As they sit in tent villages constructed amongst the ruins of their city and their lives, they are very much aware of the corrupt government that controls the shaken country.
Despite efforts by the current president, Transparency International, a group that investigates the degree of government corruption, rates the government in Haiti as one of the world’s worst and one of the least effective, two traits that the country could seriously do without right now.
Clifford Rouzeau is a restaurant owner in the Haitian capital who has been feeding 1,000 people every day since he was able to reopen. “I’m hoping. I’ve got my fingers crossed. The people here deserve better than they actually have,” he said. “You have a government that steals everything and won’t give anything back to the country. You have a government that doesn’t feel it necessary to put police out in the street. Do something! Put canteens all over. Just do something.”
Many are worried that if the money is given to the country’s top officials, most of it will be pocketed and will never trickle down to help rebuild the ruined nation. While the President has done his best to fight against corruption, those beneath him are apparently still bathing in it.
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and its people cannot afford to have any aid money taken from them. They need food, medicine, clean water, clothing, building materials, the list could realistically go on for days. Previous funding has mysteriously fizzled before it ever made it to the areas where it was needed most. If the same happens now, there will be even less of a country left over than what the earthquake decided to spare on January 12.
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