Haiti: One Year Later

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ricot Dupuy, director and station manager of Radio Soleil, discusses what he's been hearing from Haitians and Haitian Americans about the situation in Haiti a year after the earthquake.


Ricot Dupuy

Comments [7]

Gabriel Leon from Edison,NJ

The first blogger comments are so far the most reasonable assessments of the situation in Haiti.We Haitians systematically refuse to take responsibily for our constant failure to not even solve but to improve the lives of our fellow citizens.Our society tends to blame
some outside cynical forces for all that happened to us,our complacency to the tribulations of the people verge on criminality coupled with incompetency
absence of any vision, institutionalized corruption.We need a remake of the Haitian mind.

Jan. 12 2011 12:44 PM
Jon from Brooklyn

Haiti seems to be its own worst enemy. The woman complaining that grad students are too young to help and that there are too many NGOs to do any good seems akin to the starving man falling into an American grocery store.

Haiti will never reap even a majority of the benefits available to them from the 700+ NGOs unless they figure out how to ask for what they need, organize their people to accept it and help get and distribute it and rebuild their own homeland.

Many parts of the world would be happy for the NGO assistance even with young ones, a percentage of profiteers and the confusion inherent in crowds.

It is sad that Haitians are not really Haitians as they are not one - or even a few, they appear to be disparate individuals who fail, en masse, to understand the power of numbers and the weakness of individual desires and complaints.

I have worked with plenty of Haitians, seen them at work and at controversy in this country, but I have never been closer than Dom Rep to their fair island.

Jan. 12 2011 11:08 AM

The problem in Haiti is embedded corruption. Clinton is sitting on the funds because Preval refuses to work with Clinton. There is no partner in Haiti so the enormous amount of money pledged sits unused. There is simply no capacity among Haitian leadership. I fear the country is a lost cause.

Jan. 12 2011 10:57 AM
bernie from bklyn

the earthquake in chile right after the haitian quake had a much different result. first of all, the quake in chile was much stronger. yet very few of their structures collapsed and there wasn't rampant rape of their women. why is that?
they actually build their houses and buildings according to a code and neighbors were out helping eachother, not hurting eachother.

Jan. 12 2011 10:56 AM
MikeInBrklyn from Clinton Hill

Looking the documentary on PBS last night, I was astounded by the condition of Haiti. The scenes of squalor and poverty; the crime and abuse of children, women, and animals, the shanty housing, the corruption, etc. left me wondering if there is truly a part for change for Haiti. It seems that problems that needs to be overcome are so large that it will require an astronomical effort to make small movements. I hope I am wrong.

Jan. 12 2011 10:55 AM
sunphat from planet reality

For decades and decades Haiti just can't seem to get it together on it's own, all I hear is how they need more help, money etc. Is Haiti just a failure as a nation since it can not seem to do anything for itself?
The Dominican Republic isn't in horrendous shape, Indonesia has suffered multiple quakes and tsunamis and has pulled itself up.
Is Haiti the victim of it's own corruption and failures or is this just another reason to blame "the Europeans"?

Jan. 12 2011 10:51 AM
bernie from bklyn

anyone see Frontline last night? it was one of the saddest things i've ever seen.
why do some people feel the urge to go out and rape and murder and steal when there is a crisis in their community? it's rampant in africa and is happening on a huge scale in haiti. why is this?
and as bad as this sounds, you couldn't waste money more than sending a donation to haiti at this point. as has always happened there, the powers that be steal and squander all the aid and the people get nothing.
and thte catholic needs to shut up already and realize that they are hurting generations of human beings by not supporting the use of birth control.
don't send money, send birth control pills and condoms to try and prevent future children from suffering this horrible fate.

Jan. 12 2011 10:49 AM

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