Thursday 27 April 2017

Quake victims pay deadly price for US failure -- again

Disaster response pledged by the US to desperate Haitians has a chilling familiarity, writes Patrick Cockburn

A man transports an earthquake victim in a wheelbarrow in front of the destroyed presidential palace in Port-au-Prince yesterday
A man transports an earthquake victim in a wheelbarrow in front of the destroyed presidential palace in Port-au-Prince yesterday

PATRICK COCKBURN

The US-run aid effort for Haiti is beginning to look chillingly similar to the criminally slow and disorganised US government support for New Orleans after it was devastated by hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Five years ago, President George Bush was famously mute and detached when the levees broke in Louisiana.

By way of contrast, President Barack Obama was promising Haitians that everything would be done for survivors within hours of the calamity.

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