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The Globe and Mail

From the Globe & Mail’s excellent Project Jacmel, one of Haiti’s young filmmakers deserves a break from hardship.

“I feel I’ve lived some really bad times, but I found something good in those bad times,” he said.

“I want to show the world what happens when people live such hard times.”

I have some ideas of where this extra wheat can go.

“It’s a mammoth surplus [of wheat] and we have to get rid of it …,” said Bill Gary, the president of Commodity Information Systems in Oklahoma City.

Meanwhile,

“Experts say it will be difficult to feed [the six hundred thousand people who fled Port-au-Prince]. Food prices are high….”

A source who lives in Delmas confirmed the same re: World Vision employees hoarding and re-selling ration tickets. She declined to give her name though for fear of retribution.

Many women like Solino resident Nathalie, a mother of three, argued that the people who get the cards are either moun pa, people’s friends, or gwo ponyèt, people who can elbow their way through. “Women here can’t compete with the more aggressive men.” The men, to be sure, have to give the card to a woman in order to get the food, but that didn’t stop a crowd of some 200 men, many of them on motorcycles, from waiting at the end of the line for their sisters or friends to come out, one particular distribution.

At least in some parts the debate over who should control reconstruction billions continues.

Transparency International ranked Haiti near the bottom of the world’s nations in its efforts to control corruption. … The vision for Haiti’s reconstruction should come from its leaders. That will give them a political stake in its success and make it tougher to blame any failures on meddling foreign interests.  But the international community will have to retain strong oversight of the funds.

Gang violence is on the upswing, according to this post, which seems to be common sense.  But unless P-au-P has COMPSTAT how does the author know there’s more crime and kidnappings now than before the earthquake?

Meanwhile, the escaped gang leaders have reconstituted their posses and are now competing for control of their old turf. Kidnappings have increased in recent weeks, forcing aid groups to impose curfews and implement increased security measures. The gangs regularly terrorize vulnerable Haitians in the settlement camps throughout Port-au-Prince.

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