Why an international investigation into Haiti aid scandal is urgent


This week marked ten years since a devastating earthquake hit the impoverished Caribbean state of Haiti, when up to 300,000 people were killed and 1.5 million others were left homeless. The ensuing reconstruction programme drew billions of dollars in aid, but also led to massive corruption. Mediapart co-founder and former editor François Bonnet, who has regularly reported on the tragedy in Haiti, details the fiasco and argues here why a thorough investigation into the gigantic scams must be led under the auspices of the UN, and those found responsible must be prosecuted. Nothing less can restore confidence in international institutions – beginning with the UN itself.

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What is probably the biggest international scandal of the past decade centres on the impoverished Caribbean state of Haiti, and implicates the United Nations, dozens of donor countries including European Union member countries and the United States, major corporations, legions of consultants, as well as political parties and their leaders.