Haiti Land of Corruption Violence Poverty Disease

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Haiti is cushioned amid the white-sand, palm-fringed beaches and warm, sapphire-hued waters of once a lush tropical sanctuary, now a paradise lost. Haiti is Wracked by constant struggle, devastation, destitution and desperation.

Haiti is a nation wrought with government mismanagement and corruption, violence, poverty and disease.

At least 23 percent of children ages zero to 5 are malnourished, and only 39 percent of Haitians have access to clean water.

Diseases like measles, malaria and tuberculosis are epidemic.

Roughly one out of every 12 Haitians has HIV/AIDS.

According to Centers for Disease Control.

Already, AIDS has orphaned 163,000 children, a number expected to skyrocket to 393,000 over the next 10 years.

Internally, Haiti is a tinderbox of violence waiting to ignite.

Haiti can only halt its downward spiral, if the government takes responsibility for the kidnapping situation and resolves to end violence, eliminate corruption, create free markets, allow double nationality to encourage the diaspora to return and invest in their homeland, improve the judicial system, respect human rights and develop a sustainable system of agriculture.

President René Préval has a choice: He can break with history and create a stable political system, a free democratic market economy; Or he can perpetuate the needless bloody tragedies for political gains which will confine future generations of Haitians to lives of disillusionment and despair.

Jules, June 10 2008, 4:22 PM

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