From CounterPunch: Securing Disaster in Haiti

January 28, 2010

The relentless obsession with security, agrees Andy Kershaw, is clear proof of the fact that most foreign soldiers and NGO workers "haven’t a clue about the country and its people."29 True to form, within hours of the earthquake most of the panicked staff in the U.S. Embassy had already been evacuated, and at least one prominent foreign contractor in the garment sector (the Canadian firm Gildan Activewear) announced that it would be shifting production to alternative sewing facilities in neighboring countries.30

The price to be paid for such priorities will not be evenly distributed. Up in the higher, wealthier, and mostly undamaged parts of Pétionville everyone already knows that it’s the local residents "who through their government connections, trading companies, and interconnected family businesses" will once again pocket the lion’s share of international aid and reconstruction money.

http://www.counterpunch.org/hallward01282010.html

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