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|Posted Sunday, April 20, 2008
|When Haitian government officials allegedly steal $90 million,
untold number of dirt-poor citizens are forced to eat dirt, also from garbage dumps
|By Yves A. Isidor, wehaitians.com executive editor
CAMBRIDGE, MA, Apr. 20 - In Haiti, a small Caribbean nation that measures history by
grand corruption, dynasties, coup d'états, totalitarian dictatorships, revolutions, and
to cite eminent Haitian professor Leslie François Manigat, expressing electoral
sentiments, in favor of the least capable, if not at all, leader, permitting it to top the
unwanted pyramid of the most backward nations, the vast majority of government officials
who are largely believed to be the equals of "cretins," notorious gross
incompetent, alternately so-called public servants, who come and go, they have always
seemed rather dishonest sort.
|To barely stay alive, to attempt to keep themselves going untold number
of dirt-poor Haitians are forced to eat dirt, also from garbage dumps. (Photo
wehaitians.com/archives - AP) More Images
To comprehend so is to particularly refer to the rampant corruption they are all guided
So how much of the taxpayers' moneys, including foreign aid's, were recently stolen, in
fact in broad daylight, by current Haitian government officials?
The vast sum, according to a source who spoke to wehaitians.com on the customary
condition of anonymity because he feared for his life and those of his large family
members early Saturday, with certitude, had "prima facie" evidence, by way of a
telephone, certainly was not inferior to $90 million.
Were extreme violence-issued current Haitian government officials concerned about the
far more than than two thirds of an estimated population of 8.2 million people who long
have been forced to leave on less than $2 or less a day, on the average, (the common
measure of absolute poverty) they would rather use that large sum of money to also help
pay for the economic cost of feeding the tens of thousands of the middling poor
Haitians who were forced to take to the streets last week, in a violent way.
As their incomparable suffering persists, by Third World standards, they are most
likely to again renew their rightful protests. "If we may refer to a Marx's
dictum," said many people interviewed for this news article and could not find
something else that gave nourishment to their opinions vis-à-vis the extremely sad lives
of the vast majority of the Haitian people, "the only things they have to loose are
In another news, the distribution of 14 tons of food to more than 3,000 dirt-poor
Haitian families in the poorest neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, the capital, late last
week, in the immediate aftermath of the riots that nearly eviscerated Haiti by the
Brazilian contingent of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minutah) was
more than a direct affront to the Haitian government, said many interviewed for this news
|A kid dances during food distribution in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Eduardo
Ask if the continuing classification of Haiti as one of the most corrupt nations in the
world by Transparency International was the principal reason why the Haitian government
was not rather the one to distribute the donated food. A Brazilian embassy official, in
Washington, D.C., who insisted that her name be withheld because of the sensitivity of the
issue during a brief telephone interview Friday said "We do not, in part or in large,
comment on reports, with an emphasis on corruption, issued by Transparency International.
We simply wanted to be certain that the food donated by the Brazilian people arrived at
destination, that is the hungry Haitian people."
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