Thursday, July 14, 2011

Listening to Democracy Now! today on the question of, as The Nation says "Why did the Clinton Foundation fund dangerous, unhealthy trailers in Haiti?"

Listening to Democracy Now! today on the question of, as The Nation says "Why did the Clinton Foundation fund dangerous, unhealthy trailers in Haiti?"

Dr. Paul Farmer on the show gave a pretty good answer, one that could be summarized as follows: because most other people living in camps after the earthquake were living in 'homes' with tarps for walls. Trailers are a luxury in comparison. Thinking back about other reports on Haiti, Farmer's description of expert approved shelters as having a tin roof above two by fours appears itself to be more than a lot of people had. Indeed, folks in Haiti a few years ago were reduced to eating mud in order to stave off hunger. I can only imagine what having a trailer, even a trailer that turned out to have some bad construction and that could possibly have some bad side effects, meant.

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