July 23, 2010

Brendan Hoffman From Haiti: Rubble Yell

At present, there is no significant, coordinated financing by international aid groups for debris removal using machinery…. (Dying in Haiti)

No budget request ever made to the UN from the Haitian government for debris removal (according to the UN official in charge of debris). (PRI)

“It’s not just the rubble, it’s the question of rubble ownership.” (NYT)

Beyond symbolizing the balkanization of the NGOs and the impotence of the government,  can you imagine how thoroughly demoralizing it must be to the Haitian people, six months after the earthquake, to be drowning in rubble — many fearing, I imagine, that the rock piles might somehow be permanent?

–Michael Shaw


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