Haiti is in an absolute mess — it’s a “sh*thole” country as President Donald Trump is accused of saying.
If he did or didn’t say that, the fact remains that Haiti is one of the worst places to live in the world — and the pictures/details reveal just how bad it really is.
Haitian Hollywood reports:
Port-au-Prince, the capital and most populous cities of Haiti, including the urban area would count nearly 3 million inhabitants, came in 4th place on a list of the five overall worst cities in the world.
The capital of the Republic of Haiti, which occupies an area of 36.04 km, is located at the western end of the Cul-de-Sac at the bottom of the bay of Port-au-Prince. The city sits right at the Gulf of Gonâveet, once having potential for intellectual, economic, and political fame — but today, it’s confronted with a dire and dramatic situation.
Assassinations almost daily, shortage of electricity and drinking water, poor sewage system, regular traffic jams and very high unemployment … everyday is very difficult for the people.
This ranking takes into account the social, political and economic of the city as well as criteria related to health and education. “They live in slums,” said Jean-Marc, who recently visited Port-au-Prince, referring to the many difficulties facing the population.
“Rich, middle class and poor share the same suffering,” he added.
In 2010, it certainly didn’t help that the city was deeply devastated by a quake of magnitude 148.0 terrede on the Richter scale. At this point, the entire city of Port-au-Prince needs to be completely rebuilt from the ground up.
Here are recent pictures from Haiti, showing just how desolate and downtrodden the country is:
The Guardian reports:
“What has really left Haiti in such a dismal state today, what makes the country a constant and heart-rending site of recurring catastrophe, is its history. In Haiti, the last five centuries have combined to produce a people so poor, an infrastructure so nonexistent and a state so hopelessly ineffectual that whatever natural disaster chooses to strike next, its impact on the population will be magnified many, many times over. Every single factor that international experts look for when trying to measure a nation’s vulnerability to natural disasters is, in Haiti, at the very top of the scale. Countries, when it comes to dealing with disaster, do not get worse.
“Haiti has had slavery, revolution, debt, deforestation, corruption, exploitation and violence,” says Alex von Tunzelmann, a historian and writer currently working on a book about the country and its near neighbours, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. “Now it has poverty, illiteracy, overcrowding, no infrastructure, environmental disaster and large areas without the rule of law. And that was before the earthquake. It sounds a terrible cliche, but it really is a perfect storm. This is a catastrophe beyond our worst imagination.”
“Compare Haiti with its neighbours, equally prone to natural disasters but far better equipped to cope because they are far better functioning societies, and the only conclusion possible, says Von Tunzelmann, is that it is Haiti’s turbulent history that has brought it to this point. For the better part of 200 years, she argues, rich countries and their banks have been sucking the wealth out of the country, and its own despotic and corrupt leaders have been doing their best to facilitate the process, lining their own pockets handsomely on the way.”
“Approach Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic and the lush green of the forest begins again: this is a wealthier place. An earthquake here has less impact because constructions are stronger, building regulations are enforced, the government is more stable. In nearby Cuba, hardly a country rolling in money, emergency management is infinitely more effective simply because of a carefully coordinated, block-by-block organisation. Haiti has two fire stations in the entire country – and people on $2 a day cannot afford quake-proof housing.”
Lastly, the leadership and political atmosphere of Haiti is a disgrace. LA Times reports:
“There have been 45 leaders since the country achieved independence from France in 1804, and for the most part they have pillaged and plundered, ruled as despots, stifled opposition, violated human rights and operated with impunity.
“They don’t really want to work for the Haitian people, to improve them,” said Pierre Esperance, executive director of the National Human Rights Defense Network in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in describing what he believes has discredited many of Haiti’s leaders. “They work for themselves once they get to power. They want to steal money.”
Haiti is a disaster through-and-through — and it’s been that way for decades. If anyone is upset and disagrees with the president’s strong language against the country (if he did indeed make the remarks he’s been accused of saying), then they should take a vacation and see how bad it really is firsthand.