‘Misled Congress over Haiti aid‘ -Report on Red Cross. At the time, Haiti was the one place on earth that was poor anyway but got hit with a devastating earthquake. Two things, poverty and disaster; made the Haitian people the one’s to help. Ensuring that the place would be built up and in a right fashion, as well as; helping the people. Lot’s of money poured in. But overtime, not much changed.
In January of 2015, *NPR released an in depth article that asked the question “Five years After the Earthquake, why are things not better in Haiti”? The earthquake registered 7.0 and in it’s wake left 220,000 people dead, 300,000 injured. The place itself was a disaster in all the sense of the word. Rubble was strewn everywhere and buildings shattered. According to *NPR the humanitarian aid that flooded in amounted to $13.5 billion in donations and pledges.
Ten months after the earthquake, Cholera hit the place. In the four years that followed the outbreak struck more than 720,000 Haitians, killing almost 9,000 of them; according to *NPR.
It was after ProPublica and NPR had released articles on Haiti asking the question why things have not changed there since so much had been donated. What followed was an investigation led by Senator Grassley targeting on Red Cross failures in providing disaster relief. The organization had raised some half a billion dollars in funds to help Haiti and the question on everyone’s mind, “why no change after five years and all that relief?” The example of misuse cited was that in spite of all the money, only six permanent homes had been built in Haiti for all the relief effort.
The following article deals with that report and has many links to other resources on this issue. If we as American’s cannot trust those we give money to, in order to facilitate aid to those they say they are helping; then who do we trust? Why give these big organizations money and government non profit status if they rob the victims of the due aid the public wants to give these people?
WIBR/WARN Commentary on ‘Misled Congress over Haiti aid’ -Report on Red Cross; below some survivor quotes of the quake; a look back!
The BBC correspondent Matthew Price was among the first British reporters to the scene. “This is a particularly grim sight,” Price reported from a hospital in the capital.
“The stench is overwhelming. There are over 100 bodies here, adults and, at my feet, a baby. Perhaps even more uncomfortable is that there are people bedding down for the night … sleeping among the dead.”
“You heard the noise under the ground and it’s shaking and shaking, and everybody started running,” Florestal told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Houses were falling and falling, all of the fences were falling, people were falling, people were crying.”
Twenty seconds later it was over, he said. There was nothing but rubble and dirt.
“You cannot see the air. All of a sudden it’s dark,” he said. “After that you saw the sun, the sun was falling under the horizon.”
Now read this, ‘Misled Congress over Haiti aid’ -Report on Red Cross [Original article:’Senator: Red Cross Misled Congress, Refused To ‘Level With The People’ on Haiti Money’]
This story was co-published with NPR. A blistering Senate report on the American Red Cross raises fundamental questions about the integrity of the country’s most storied charity and its stewardship of donors’ dollars. The report, which was released today by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and contains nearly 300 pages of supporting documents, found: After the 2010… [Read more…]