Friday 24 November 2017

Why Haiti has remained poor

Although I don't agree with Kevin Myers' article ('Disasters -- where would showbiz be without them?', Irish Independent, January 26), I acknowledge that some people may be asking such questions.

Mr Myers rightly quotes Plan International's Stuart Cole in saying that Plan has been working in Haiti since 1973.

However, I am taken aback at how surprised Mr Myers is that the country's problems have not been solved yet. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, with high mortality rates among under-fives (76 per 1,000 in 2007), poor school enrolment rates (net primary school enrolment dates for 2000-2007 was only 50pc) and it has an unfortunate history of political and social unrest.

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