Editorial from the New York Times: Haiti, Unfinished and Forsaken

….The United Nations says as much in a recently published Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti that strives for an ambitious and hopeful tone but mostly sounds forlorn. It notes some positive changes. More than three-fourths of young children are now in primary school, up from about half. Cholera deaths are down, as is the number of homeless quake survivors. The population in the camps reportedly fell to 172,000 last year, from a peak of 1.5 million who were without shelter just after the quake in 2010.

But such hopeful signs are easily displaced by other dreary facts. Humanitarian aid is petering out as agencies leave and money dries up. The decline means Haiti’s partners should be stepping up development efforts, to put the country on a sustainable recovery path, but that isn’t happening. Meanwhile, Haiti still has half the world’s cholera cases, as the United Nations — whose troops caused the epidemic — is battling it with an underfinanced eradication plan.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/11/opinion/haiti-unfinished-and-forsaken.html


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