Thursday 13 January 2011

Haiti; why such a slow pace of recontruction?

Nearly a quarter of a million people died in the Haiti earthquake a year ago, but the tragedy is still taking its toll. Only 5% of the rubble has been cleared, and less than half of the 1.5 million left homeless by the quake have been rehoused. Of course things have improved, but why so slow?

The US government is stating how proud it is of it's involvement in the rebuilding of Haiti, but I want to ask this; Why is the US so good at planning and financing war, but so poor at planning recovery? It spends a fraction of the money spent on the arms trade on its programmes for dealing with disaster and poverty.

What a future our planet might have, if we could persuade those with power that money and technology should be channelled into human need, and not the destruction of people and our natural resources.

We pray for those still mourning in Haiti, and we work for a fairer future for all, a future based on peace and equality, not imperialism and greed.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't part of the problem that Haiti was a country with a barely functional infrastructure in the first place, and the amount of rubble is vast. Doubtless money to finance the purchase of trucks to shift the rubble would make a huge difference, as there is a shortage of land the only place to rebuild is on the land that the collapsed buildings are on.