LIFE ON THE DOLE SPOILING ISLANDERS
LAZY HAITIANS RELAXING IN THE SUN
FREE FOOD HURTING ECONOMY
Haiti is calling for a halt in large-scale food assistance and free healthcare following the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake, relief workers say.
“When you continue having a lot of food distributions, you lower the price of food so that people can’t trade, and it disrupts markets, basically,” UNICEF nutrition aide Erin Boyd told CBS News.
Another reason Haiti wants an end to the aid is because desperately poor residents, who were not devastated by the earthquake, have now moved into refugee camps to receive the free food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and a multitude of additional social services, even relief workers say.
One consequence of the cut-back on aid is that relief food that already has been shipped to the island will be sent to warehouses for future disasters — a practice the U.S. Agency for International Development calls “pre-positioning.”
The nearly $15 billion in aid that has poured in and been pledged to Haiti since the January 12 earth quake that killed more than 220,000 people and left 1.3 million homeless has also vastly increased corruption and crime, CBS News said.
“There are reports of gangs intercepting aid and selling food on the black market with impunity from high-ranking officials,” the network reported.
The United Nations Thursday launched a Web site intended to track the money pledged to Haiti by the international community.
The French and English site, http://www.refondation.ht, will promote efficient spending while “ensuring transparency and accountability” in the use of the money, a U.N. statement said.
The U.S. military is to end its formal earthquake relief mission in Haiti June 1, but the Obama Administration has voiced its intention to continue shipments of aid beyond that date.