Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

Haiti, a luckless country located on one half of an island in the Caribbean.  The country is currently in a state of anarchy, the capital Port-Au-Prince is a decimated collection of shacks and ruins while cholera mercilessly kills civilians in all regions of the country.  The UN’s efforts to reestablish control have been routed by armed civilian, now international forces have mostly pulled out of the country

Why is Haiti Currently Unstable?

Haiti was initially a French colony, which gained independence during a massive and costly slave rebellion.  As a country it never really evolved past dictatorship, being ruled by tyrants such as Toussaint L’Ouverture or Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  The government of Haiti has ruled with an iron fist since its creations and has never held high regard for human life. Today it persists an unstable “democracy”; the UN commented that it was one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

This conundrum was further complicated by one of the most devastating Earthquakes in human history.

On January 12, 2010 at 7.0 magnitudes Earthquake ripped though Port-Au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  Most buildings, including almost all government structures, were leveled.  The slums that dominated the city were flattened, the ports cranes were knocked down, and Haiti’s singular airport virtually disintegrated.

Since this time the country has become a state of anarchy.  There have been minor attempts by whats left of the corrupt government to regain control but currently they have not even been able to maintain control of the capital.  In a CNN IReport Video burning cars, unsanitary conditions, and public outrage were evident throughout the capital.  There is no evidence that the Haitian government is regaining control.

There is also evidence that the United Nations, who went in to stabilize the country, has not only failed in their attempts, but have practically been driven out of the country.

Why has the UN Failed Haiti?

Initially the UN forces were called in to attend to medical needs and reestablish a government in Haiti.  Progress was slow; it was hard to move resources or personal into the country.  The ports and the airport were both demolished so nearly everything had to be airlifted in by helicopters.  Many of these helicopters were initially unable to land, because they were mobbed by impoverished Haitians upon arrival.  Despite these setbacks, and thanks to large international aid, the first couple of months they were mostly successful.  The airport is now up and running and some level of stability had been installed by the UN.

Then Haiti was rocked by a cholera outbreak, a disease notorious for striking at the most inopportune times.  Dozens began to die and the Haitians fear boiled over into anger.  Instead of targeting the disease they instead target the UN, blaming them for the cholera epidemic.  UN forces were target and beaten back wherever they tried to help.

The UN compound was overrun by violent protesters.  UN soldiers were forced to use their firearms in order to defend themselves; it is unknown how many   Efforts to rebuild the airport were put off indefinitely. Most UN personal have been recalled, leaving only a small standing army of soldiers to maintain a facade of stability.  UN power in Haiti has been completely neutralized; they are no longer to provide aid to the people who so desperately need it because to do so would be to risk the lives of the UN personal.

What is the Future of Haiti?

The future of Haiti has a bleak outlook with no good options.  The international community has generally abandoned the country.  International Aid, that had overwhelmed the UN’s means of helping the country, has petered out and is now nonexistent.  The world has moved on to other issues and problems, forgetting about Haiti.

The only authorities that remain in the country are the UN, who simply lacks the man power or the public support to maintain control.  Haitians are actively trying to drive them out, most UN forces have been recalled.

The cartels are gaining control of the country, in the future they will take over the roll of government.  This is a bad thing; it will lead to only more crimes against humanity.  The warlords that control the cartels are focused more on gaining control than helping their followers and those that have usurped their control have been dealt with violently.

Haiti will become a haven for warlords, and most likely the drug lords often are paired with these warlords.  Dictatorship will reign; the people will be at the mercy of their uncaring and violent rulers.

There is no hope for Haiti, unless there is renewed international interest for aiding our fellow man.