Obama's Haitian Genocide Grows
April 25, 2011 • 9:37AM

Ignore any notion that the situation in Haiti has "improved." Fifteen months after the January 2010 earthquake, and six months after the October 2010 cholera outbreak, the crisis in this nation of 9.6 million is more dire than ever—thanks to Barack Obama.

Lack of sanitation infrastructure, lack of preparedness for another earthquake or any other natural disaster; unemployment so high the government no longer counts it; lack of adequate housing (or any housing at all), rising food and fuel prices, and wrenching malnutrition and illness, including an expanding cholera epidemic—all of this can be laid on Obama's doorstep. Starving Haitian children are still consuming the infamous concoction known as bonbon tear—mud cookies, consisting of mud mixed with vegetable oil and a little salt.

The fact that "only" 700,000 people, instead of 1.5 million, still live in squalid tent cities in the capital, is not "progress," as experts like to claim. Most of those who've left the camps were forced out, either by the predominant violence and lack of sanitation, or by landowners who evicted them. Evictions, in fact, account for the majority of departures from the camps, with residents ending up in improvised or dilapidated dwellings that are as bad, or worse, than what they lived in prior to the earthquake!

It is still the case that those who remain in the camps, numbering 1,060 scattered around the capital, only have access to a pitiful number of latrines, about 15,000. According to ayitikaleje.org, most of the excreta from those latrines is collected and dumped into large, open-air, unlined pits. In Trutier, a small community north of the capital, the biggest pit is most likely contaminated with cholera. It lies over the Plaine Cul-de-Sac aquifer that supplies most of the water used by private companies that bottle and sell water in Port-au-Prince. Simon Fass, author of Political Economy in Haiti, reports that water prices in Haiti's capital are among the highest in the world.

The death toll from cholera stands at 5,000, with over 200,000 infected. Recent medical studies predict that at least 800,000 could be infected by November of this year—far surpassing World Health Organization estimates. Seasonal rains have brought with them a new wave of cholera cases. David Walton, a physician from the Partners In Health NGO who runs a cholera treatment center in Mirebalais, reported on April 12 that since the beginning of the rainy season two weeks earlier, "we've seen 1,000 new cases." He expressed concern that "given what I've seen, we could be overwhelmed again at the cholera centers." Many of the NGOs that provided health care following the October 2010 cholera outbreak, have since left the country. The United Nations' anti-cholera effort is woefully underfunded.

According to Eric Calais, a seismologist with the UN Development Program (UNDP), Haiti will inevitably be hit with another earthquake sometime in the future. He reported on April 18 that efforts are underway to ensure that "risk mitigation" is incorporated into the nation's reconstruction program, by improving the resilience of infrastructure and reducing the risk for Haitians in poor housing. But since reconstruction is at a standstill, "risk reduction" is a meaningless phrase.

It was president Barack Obama, who explicitly halted an Army Corp of Engineers style response to the disaster, among other acts of willful neglect, which has led to this genocide. Is this the man you want to be the head of the chain of command to deal with a similar disaster in the United States?