To Heal Haiti, Look to History, Not Nature

This article by Mark Danner was originally published on January 21, 2009 in the New York Times

HAITI is everybody’s cherished tragedy. Long before the great earthquake struck the country like a vengeful god, the outside world, and Americans especially, described, defined, marked Haiti most of all by its suffering. Epithets of misery clatter after its name like a ball and chain: Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. One of the poorest on earth. For decades Haiti’s formidable immiseration has made it among outsiders an object of fascination, wonder and awe. Sometimes the pity that is attached to the land — and we see this increasingly in the news coverage this past week — attains a tone almost sacred, as if Haiti has taken its place as a kind of sacrificial victim among nations, nailed in its bloody suffering to the cross of unending destitution. Read the rest of this entry>>


One Response to To Heal Haiti, Look to History, Not Nature

  1. john stark says:

    If Haiti switched over to English or Spanish they’d probably do a lot better. French is dead – check your local bookstore. Better still, join Canada as an autonomous region and get ALL the equalization. Equalization within Canada has been a failure.

    The government of Haiti could conscript educated Haitians and force them to do at least a year of teaching somewhere in Haiti (as decided by the government).

    Well never see that in the mainstream media!

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