Another Heck of a Job

On August 5, 2004 —

“The people of Haiti will work hard to build a better future for their children… And we must help Haiti build that future, not just because it is right and good to do so. We must also help the Haitian people because the international community will benefit from the transformation of Haiti into a fully democratic, stable and prosperous country.” –Secretary of State Colin Powell

The United States has a longstanding humanitarian commitment to Haiti. Between 1995 and 2003, we gave more than $850 million in bilateral assistance and we have provided food aid to 640,000 Haitians. We are now helping with job creation, health, education, political and legal reform, and elections assistance.

(Source – United States State Department)

Moving ahead to April 19, 2008 —

The Poor Eat Mud

In Haiti, where three-quarters of the population earns less than $2 a day and one in five children is chronically malnourished, the one business booming amid all the gloom is the selling of patties made of mud, oil and sugar, typically consumed only by the most destitute.

“It’s salty and it has butter and you don’t know you’re eating dirt,” said Olwich Louis Jeune, 24, who has taken to eating them more often in recent months. “It makes your stomach quiet down.”

(Source – New York Times, April 18, 2008 )

Another unfulfilled promise from the Bush Administration.

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