Hidden agenda in Haiti

THE remarkable achievement of hauling 134 people alive from the rubble of the devastating Haiti earthquake merits acclaim for the humanitarian organisations that responded to the disaster.

THE remarkable achievement of hauling 134 people alive from the rubble of the devastating Haiti earthquake merits acclaim for the humanitarian organisations that responded to the disaster.

The heroic feat of saving each single valuable life has been splashed across the world's media, bringing occasional cheer to a tragic event that resulted in the death of about 200000 people.

But a dark side to countries and relief organisations providing aid to the destitute has emerged. Accusations have surfaced that countries seek to exploit this catastrophe to promote a hidden agenda.

The US and France have been guilty of impoverishing Haiti, extorting billions of dollars for 200 years from the first independent black country of former slaves.

As was their wont, the Western world supported the brutal Haitian dictatorships of "Papa" and "Baby" Doc Duvalier, who murdered thousands of human rights activists.

It is a pity that the US, Israel and their allies bullied other relief agencies by commandeering the airport and palace at a time when the priority should have been to alleviate the immense suffering of the victims.

Relief flights from China, Italy, Brazil and numerous aid organisations have also been diverted. The Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders both reported their flights had been forced to land in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

The overland route adds eight or nine hours to relief delivery, the Red Cross said. Doctors Without Borders reported its surgeons were unable to help the sick and dying for 48 hours on account of the delay. Lest we forget, the first humanitarian aid arrived from Cuba and Venezuela.

Dr Firoz Osman,Media Review Network

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