There's hope, despite the critics

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jan 10 2013, 13:05:51

Articles complaining about Haiti's inept recovery since the earthquake hit three years ago don't tell the full story

Over the past two months, I have read a lot of articles about Haiti: critics complaining about the import and spread of cholera, escalating inflation coupled with declining living conditions, and the overall state of the country since the earthquake hit three years ago. There have been endless opinion pieces about the estimated $5bn (£3.1bn) Haiti has received over the past three years to build a better future, linked to the apparent lack of tangible results.

If you believe all these comments, the future of Haiti certainly looks depressing. I won't say the points made in these articles are all wrong, but - as a Haitian living here and talking to people who are desperately trying to change things - I refuse to be disheartened.

The aid Haiti has received has generally been used to support a society left devastated by the massive damage the earthquake caused, and to give a degree of strength and resilience to the country's already fragile economy. Without this kind of support the situation would be far worse than it is. The funds have contributed to keeping millions of people alive and offering them the chance of a future.

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