Haiti — the vultures gather

February 16, 2010

Millions of dollars in aid are pouring into Haiti. It’s a great opportunity to rebuild a whole country.
But don’t bank on the cash going where it should. Forgive me if, as somebody who has visited Haiti, I have a somewhat cynical attitude about its future.
The scams have already started as bogus charities are appealing for funds to help Haiti via the Internet. They claim to represent everybody from Unicef to the Red Cross.
Make sure your donation goes to a genuine, truly dedicated organisation, such as Doctors Without Frontiers. More familiarly known as Médecins Sans Frontières or Médicos Sin Fronteras (www.msf.es), they do a tremendous job all over the world.
Unfortunately, I fear that 10 years from now there will be thousands of people still living in “temporary” emergency accommodation. It happened in Nicaragua, in Italy, in many other places hit by natural disasters. Read the rest of this entry »