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American Red Cross responds to report on Haiti relief – CNN.com


The Red Cross called the report by ProPublica and National Public Radio as lacking in “balance, context and accuracy … which follows the pattern of all their previous Red Cross stories.”

“It is particularly disappointing to see our work misrepresented, considering we answered more than 100 questions in writing and provided an interview with the head of our international programs,” a Red Cross statement said.

‘Constant upheaval’ of staff and other problems

The investigative account asserted that the Red Cross faced “constant upheaval” of staff in Haiti, a “pattern” of “botched delivery of aid” and “an overreliance on foreigners who could not speak French or Creole.”

The Red Cross also lacked expertise to carry out its own projects in Haiti and instead gave donors’ money to other groups to do the work, escalating costs of overhead and management, which in one case added up to a third of a project’s budget, the news outlets said in their account published Wednesday. via – CNN.com

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