Surprise! Aid Corruption in Haiti

Hundreds of earthquake survivors marched through the streets of the Haitian capital protesting the corruption and hording that is taking place in distribution of donated food and supplies:

Donor nations have poured tens of millions of dollars into the impoverished Caribbean nation and some Haitians have blamed corruption for the sometimes sluggish distribution of aid.

Some Haitians? Oh come on, we all knew the day we started sending money to Haiti that the rich and powerful would become more so and that people would die as a result.

Sacks of donated rice have turned up in local street markets. Aid officials said it was inevitable that some aid would find its way to the black market in Haiti, which was ranked 10th from the bottom of Transparency International’s latest corruption rating of 180 nations.

Yep, that about covers it. Luckily the U.S. military is coordinating many of the efforts and hopefully this kind of thing has been kept to a minimum.

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Posted February 7th, 2010 Filed in International