Thought I'd share this interesting conversation taking place tonight. Dr. Schwartz' findings are exactly why I have been saying: do NOT donate to Western NGOs or missionaries in Haiti.
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On Monday, May 22, 2017, co-hosts Roger Leduc and Kim Ives go behind the news to analyze recent developments in Haiti on the bi-weekly radio show "Lanbi Call" on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City, and over the Internet, live or archived, at www.wbai.org.
Flash: Haitian TPS extended for 6 months!!!
Roger and Kim will talk to anthropologist Timothy T Schwartz, Ph.D., the author of The Great Haiti Humanitarian Aid Swindle. The inside story of how some of the world’s most respected humanitarian aid agencies have deceived and manipulated the overseas public regarding what is really happening in Haiti.
According to Dr. Schwartz the aid agencies have sometimes done it knowingly, sometimes through self-delusion, but always with the goal of collecting money from sympathetic donors and always by ignoring or burying data that would contradict their fantastic claims. Their greatest ally has been the mainstream press.
Thirsting for sensational stories about hunger, suffering, and violence, the world’s most prestigious news agencies—the Associated Press (AP), Agence France-Presse (AFP), Reuters, CNN, CBS, The Guardian—have for decades uncritically repeated anything NGOs, UN agencies, or pseudo-researchers claim about Haiti. No vetting of data. No critical review. In the wake of January 2010 Haiti earthquake these exaggerations and lies erupted on a scale greater than ever before: apocalyptic disaster, machete wielding gangs with faces hidden behind bandannas battling in the streets for loot, dust covered earthquake survivors resurrected from concrete tombs, two million orphans and lost children, sexual predators and slave traders prowling the rubble-strewn slums of Port-au-Prince hunting the children down, marauding bands of armed men beating and raping women and children at will, and sprawling refugee camps infested with every kind of human affliction.
The avalanche of exaggerations and outright lies precipitated a tsunami of sympathy and donations, the latter of which mostly disappeared into the coffers of aid agencies, pockets of consultants, flimflam experts, and the Haitian elite.
Although the aid has been swindled, the Trump administration has reportedly decided to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians for only six months.
Roger and Kim will explore the real causes of Haiti’s natural and economic disasters? What could be the solutions?
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