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#1725: Re: Econic Development Aid to Haiti Montas asks (fwd)
From: lys montas <email@example.com>
Economic Development Aid to Haiti Montas asks
As much as THE PHRASE tires me, I should, say '' THE PHRASEs ''
(i.e., First Democratic Election in Haiti,…First Democratically Elected
President in Haiti,…) there is another habit of the press that seems to
have the same effect on me : i.e. '' Haiti received in 1998 $ 356
millions of economic development aid, …Betwen 1995 and 1996,the aid
was $…millions ,...
Most of the times, the writers of a news story about economic aid in Haiti
failed to indicate the specific projects this aid was intended for, nor
how the money was used . They care less to provide an accounting of the
real use of the money, nor support the story by providing photographic
evidence of the projects financed by the aid.
The lack of accountability and physical evidence raise questions on the
intent of the aid and the role played by the media in foreign aid to Haiti
or any other third world country for that matter.
As readers,we are more interested in how the money was used in financing
the project than just the magnitude of the aid (i.e. Haiti received in
january 19.. $100. millions in economic aid for 40 Kms of road betwen Les
Cayes and Jeremie,… In April 19.. Haiti received $….millions of economic
aid for a technical school in Gonaives,…)
If you don't mind my using a metaphore here : it is difficult for a flood
of raging waters to carry only clear water. Althought we certainly want to
know the amount of aid that goes to Haiti, but the number alone don't tell
the whole story.
Montas,m.d. Montreal Canada
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