The role of the Bush administration in the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
“In 2000, a set of loans from the Inter American Development Bank to the government of Haiti for water, sanitation and health were blocked for political reasons. The city of St. Marc (population 220,000) and region of the lower Artibonite (population 600,000) were among the areas slated for upgrading of the public water supply. This project was delayed more than a decade and has not yet been completed."
--Partners in Health (PIH) 10.22.10There is updated information about the cholera outbreak at Haiti: Operational Biosurveillance, including a Current Situational Map of the cholera epidemic.
In fact, it is U.S. foreign policy as implemented by Secretary Hillary Clinton's State Dept, that is holding up the $1.15 billion aid to Haiti. Senator Coburn is only partially to blame. He evidently put a "secret hold" on $500 million in aid because he "objected to a minor provision in the legislation that authorized the spending."
U.S. foreign policy shows a blatant racist disregard for Haiti's poor population. In Haiti, USAID promotes sewing for the garment industry in unsafe, unsanitary, non-union, slave-wage sweatshops. In Asia and Europe, USAID offers high-tech jobs training.
Could the documented U.S. foreign policy to depopulate developing countries be the real reason for the "slow pace of aid," indifference and pass-the-buck approach to aid administration? Is the U.S. deliberately facilitating the deaths of Haitians in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps or as they are best titled – the death camps? The State Department has only recently begun to fulfilled the administrative requirements for the release of aid the U.S. pledged... so maybe a couple of more months, years maybe, before the money is distributed to a well-connected NGO?