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Where was the aid BEFORE the earthquake?

My heart breaks for the Hatian families who've lost loved ones and their homes during the quake, but is anyone truly surprised that there is no power, no medical supplies/workers, no police protection? This was the case BEFORE the quake. 84% of the pop lived below the poverty line BEFORE the quake and Haiti was the poorest nation in the western himisphere... According to a World Bank report published in 2004, Haiti requires more than US$1.3 billion in aid for 2005 and 2006. In July 2004, a donors’ conference awarded Haïti more than US$1 billion in pledged aid for 2005 and 2006. The United States pledged US$230 million in aid through fiscal year 2006. Between the fiscal years of 1995 and 1999, the U.S. contributed roughly $884 million in assistance to Haiti. So where did the money go?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:23 AM on Jan. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (21)
  • It's sad, but before the earthquake there were various groups and missionaries trying to help the people. The US and the UN have pumped millions into their economy for years and years, and it hasn't seemed to help much, if any.

    It makes you wonder what the issues truly are. And it shows that money alone does not improve things.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:46 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • Government, specifically their houses, cars, boats, and kitchens. This is the reason so many people have been complaining about the ridiculous amount of financial aid going directly from the US to Haiti instead of it being channeled through reputable charitable organizations who we know won't use it to rebuild their summer homes.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:26 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • If we had a disaster do you think any of the other countries would come help us? Sadly Haiti was not the most stable place in the world to begin with. It's horrible. I have to agree with the OP here...where was the money?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:30 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • Thats just what I'm asking is why arent these people getting some despartly needed help and where is all that money going. its an outrage to see that all this money being donated is not going to those poor people suffering. with a country that doesnt have a pot to piss in (excuse my langage) that is a lot of money. there is no reason why those people should be suffering like they are. and dont get fooled by those commercials about these charities most times only 1% of the money you donated gets filtered dont to the actual people. and dont get me wrong NOT all of them are like that but there are alot of them. just do your research before you donate.

    Answer by laura970 at 10:50 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • The president of Haiti won't even address his people, what makes anyone think he would give foreign aid money to them? Meanwhile, his house looks like the taj mahal.

    Answer by kenzie07 at 10:53 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • It was not smart to send them money the only people who benefitted were those in charge. Kind of like throwing money at New Orleans before Katrina Clinton and Bush both allocated funds so the levies could be fixed what did New Orleans do? Fixed up the tourist areas and did not touch the levies. Throwing money at problems doesn't help if it did we would have a great school system in America and there would be no more poor in our country. Africa would be in great shape so would Haiti. At some point the people in Haiti have to find a way to do for themselves and not squander the help they do get. At some point all places were primative and people had nothing those societies evolved and did for themselves. I don't know why some countries have not evolved as quickly as others but all people in all parts of the world started off with nothing at some point.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:17 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • "I don't know why some countries have not evolved as quickly as others"

    Pretty sure the answer to that is: because of oppression by their greedy Govt.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:21 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • OMG....we have one Q that talks about France and Chavez accusing us of taking over Haiti because we are sending HELP in a time if crisis....and now we have THIS question that wants to know why we havent had a bigger hand in supporting this country before!! WE really CANT win for losing. We go into Iraq and take out an AWFUL dictator (for WHATEVER reason) and we are awful..........THIS country has a dictator that while not out and out MURDERING his people, is an AWFUL man keeping aid money for himself and cronies....and people want to know why we havent gone in and what...taken over? WTH. People need to pick a stance and STICK to it. We are either the worlds police and giver of STUFF or we arent!


    Answer by momof030404 at 11:51 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • *we have THIS question that wants to know why we havent had a bigger hand in supporting this country before

    OP here, momof030404, if you read the paragraph upon opening this question, you will see that my question isn't "why we havent had a bigger hand in supporting this country before". It actually quite the opposite. Where has the aid that was supposed to enrich the lives of the Haitian people gone is the real question. The billions of dollars.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:35 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • I know op. I am talking about some that answer and say we should have done more before!

    Answer by momof030404 at 12:52 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

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