Two Years After The Earthquake, Where Did The Money Go? Human Rights Groups Urge Immediate Changes In The Recovery Effort
As Haiti marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, TransAfrica, Institute Of Justice & Democracy In Haiti, Let Haiti Live and The Center For Constitutional Rights are recommending the immediate changes to recovery efforts to ensure that critical human rights concerns are addressed. Too many people have been left behind and too much money have been wasted to continue with business as usual.
The groups recommend: (1) effective oversight of aid’s distribution to hold public agencies and non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”) accountable for the money they have received in the name of Haitians, and more efforts on Haiti-led recovery efforts; (2) increased attention to build a justice system which strengthens rule of law for all Haitians, but especially for Haiti’s poor and marginalized population that have little access to justice; (3) reallocation of funds spent on United nation’s soldiers to secure basic services for Haitians, such as building the clean water and sanitation infrastructure, necessary to control the cholera epidemics.