Haiti in Waiting
Posted on Jun 5, 2010
With a good degree of exasperation, Haiti’s president has been forced to remind the international community that only Brazil has paid in full on its promised aid following the earthquake that devastated the country in January.
None of the other 50-plus donor countries have fulfilled their aid pledges nearly six months after the quake that killed more than 250,000 people and devastated the country’s infrastructure. Haiti needs an estimated $11.5 billion over the next decade to rebuild, and is relying on international aid efforts for much of that. —JCL
Al Jazeera English:
Haiti’s president has called on leaders from Europe and the Americas to keep their promises of aid for the Caribbean country as it struggles to rebuild from the January’s devastating earthquake.
Speaking at a donor conference in the neighbouring Dominican Republic on Wednesday, Rene Preval said that the nation faced an “immense challenge” to rebuild.
According to aid experts, Haiti needs about $11.5bn for its anticipated decade-long rebuilding effort.
But so far, Haitian government officials say, only Brazil has delivered its entire aid pledge of $55m.
AP / Gregory Bull
A woman stands in the rubble of her home in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince after the January quake.