Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Demand that France repay the 21 billion dollars it extorted from Haiti

Chris Keefer

The January 12th Haitian earthquake is now being described as one of the worst and most intense earthquakes, in terms of loss of life and devastation, recorded in human history. Estimates are that Haiti, the western hemisphere's poorest country, with a population of 9 million, has lost between 100,000-500,000 lives, and that 50% of the buildings of its capital Port au Prince, where 80% of the Haitian population resides, have been destroyed in the immediate aftermath of this disaster. It must be stressed that many more deaths are likely to follow as a result of devastated infrastructure, lack of clean water and the high rates of malnutrition all of which preceded and have exacerbated this disaster making it part natural and part man-made. Many observers have tried to understand the factors which have made Haiti, which was once the crown jewel of new world colonies, providing approximately one half of Europe's sugar and coffee and unimaginable wealth to its colonial masters, so vulnerable to this calamity.

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