Friday, January 25, 2013
CEPR has been following the post-earthquake "reconstruction" in Haiti for years, even when others had moved on to other places. They've been active, for instance, in reporting the UN-sponsored introduction of cholera to the country, and the resulting (further) immiseration. With the publication of the US State Department report to Congress (which doesn't even mention cholera), we find that the US has exported its housing priorities to that country as well. While hundreds of thousands still live in tents, the report notes that a few more than 1,000 units have been planned for Haitians. But the US has constructed 107 really nice homes (three to five bedrooms!) for US Embassy personnel, along with swimming pools and other sports facilities. Gee, maybe Governor Brown is advising on the issue.