Rebuilding Haiti begins with Haitians | EL PAÍS

haiti_flagLast week, Haitian president Michel Martelly announced that the country’s long-overdue elections would be held on October 26 of this year. Given the recent controversy over the repeatedly delayed elections, this is a huge and positive step forward – though concerns remain, particularly given the president’s decision not to involve the Conseil Electoral Provisional Provisional Electoral Council, CEP to supervise the process.Four years ago, an earthquake struck Haiti, decimating much of the country’s infrastructure – and leaving the government ill-equipped to deal with the ensuing fallout.Haiti was lucky enough to benefit from neighbors dedicated to assisting in its recovery. The US government pledged some $2 billion to our reconstruction efforts. And the United Nations committed further aid and a years-long stabilization force engaged in the reconstruction effort. Still, that process is far from over. Infrastructure remains sorely lacking. Haitians remain displaced. Much of the reconstruction remains on hold or in progress. via | EL PAÍS


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