Adequacy of Aid. Foreign Food Aid Trickles Into Haiti’s Black Market (New York Times, 4 Feb 10). PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Blocks from where U.S. and U.N. soldiers distribute sacks of rice to Haitian women in earthquake-shattered Port-au-Prince, street vendors are openly selling rice by the cup from bags stamped with U.S. flags. . . . For two weeks, the World Food Program will give out only rice, deciding later whether to add other staples like beans, cooking oil and salt. Phi Beta Iota: This is nuts. We should be carpet bombing this place with ALL possible survival ratios to the point that no one has to buy anything for the next 90 days. Idiocy and lack of imagination.
Adequacy of Aid: Already Bad Health Situation in Haiti Has Gotten Worse – It’s Aftershock (Health Kut 29 Jan 10). For years Haiti has had to deal with inferior medical care and various health concerns. The earthquake that has recently impacted the country has made conditions worse for the country and is likely to end up causing a new series of medical concerns. These concerns are ones that could end up killing hundreds of thousands of people who didn’t die right after the earthquake. Phi Beta Iota: We agree with this, and forecast it within a week of the disaster that the US has now turned into a catastrophe.
Adequacy of Aid. Wickham: A short attention span won’t save Haiti (Towntalk Canada, 2 Feb 10). To help Haiti recover, the U.S. has to help it rebuild Port-au-Prince, the capital city that was leveled by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The U.S. also has to help rebuild the country’s shattered economy. “In 30 seconds Haiti lost 60 percent of its GDP,” Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said during the day-long meeting. It’s estimated it will take at least 10 years and $3 billion to rebuild Haiti – and probably a lot more time and money to help shed its identity as the American hemisphere’s poorest county. Phi Beta Iota: Haiti is already old news and back-burner, We’re simply not serious, if we were, USG would mandate a pooling of all donations, publish a day to day spending bill, and show planned spending for public comment 90 days out.