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Desperate Haiti still needs our aid

Published 12/01/2011 | 05:00

IT would be easy to despair of conditions in Haiti, one year after the devastating earthquake, and to turn one's back on the suffering of its people. More than 800,000 are still living in camps, in squalid conditions, in the open spaces of the capital Port-au-Prince. Conditions are worse outside the capital, where the television cameras rarely go.

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Indeed, one of the fears of international agencies is that the disaster will widen the gap between Port-au-Prince and the rest of the impoverished country, as the aid effort takes the line of least resistance, or maximum political advantage.

With most governments around the world strapped for cash, more appeals from Haiti could well fall on deaf ears. There would probably be little public objection, especially since it seems such a hopeless case.

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