18 January 2010

Haitian Damage--Serious

OK, Auntie is running a piece about Haitian damage. Someone mentioned the difference between the Dominican Republic and Haiti and that the DR didn't have the damage that Haiti did even thought they are both on Hispaniola.

There is a big difference between the two countries in that the Dominican Republic has a much stronger economy than Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. That means there were poor building codes and no money to properly build buildings anyway. The real problem is that the country doesn't have the money to properly build much of anything.

So, the west rushes to Haiti's aid, but will it provide the additional funds and expertise to raise Haiti out of its poverty?