Friday, February 19, 2010

Mark Schuller: Passing the "Riot Test" in Haiti

Mark Schuller: Passing the "Riot Test" in Haiti:
"I do not ever like to be the bearer of bad news, but as absolutely important as this discussion of Haiti’s future is, there is a more urgent situation that must be addressed right now. Any day now, it is going to rain. Unfortunately, too many people do not have a tent to stay dry. Communications have been down, and this is particularly frustrating for those of us who have friends, colleagues, and loved ones who are poor, many of whom are temporarily residing in “tent cities” that are sadly sites of rape against women. “Tent cities” is a misnomer since most families have only a single bedsheet as cover, tied to wooden posts like my friend....

Read the rest of the article. It is very critical of bureaucracy and teh bad inccentives that arise when NGOs depend on government money.
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