Friday, 15 January 2010

Haiti Crisis

Already one of the poorest countries in the world, with unstable government and little social organisation, Haiti's devastation by the recent earthquake is a further blow. In 1993, the beginings of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was established, to try and restore democracy and a functioning civil state. In 2009, the former US president Bill Clinton was appointed as the UN Secretary General's special envoy to Haiti, and has instigated health provision in the beleaguered country.

Has all this come too late to reverse the decades of exploitation, misguided interference and deliberate political intervention? With the world's attention now focussed on the plight of the Haitian people, perhaps there is some hope.

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