What Now?

Haiti, After the Aid is Gone

What is happening in Haiti, six months after the earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince? The Guardian's Peter Beaumont reports on his three trips to Haiti, saying that most of the aid organizations and military support left on June 1; much of the aid money promised by the global community never materialized; and there still is no plan for reconstruction, no real leadership, and a basically absent government. Almost 230,000 people were killed in the earthquake on January 12, and 300,000 injured. 200,000 homes were destroyed, displacing 1.5 million people, most of whom are still without homes. The UN and Medecin Sans Frontieres are both still there, doing their best to help the daily crises, while billions of dollars of pledged aid money remain unfulfilled, the government is MIA, and even the Interim Reconstruction Commission that President Bill Clinton set up just met for the first time last month.