The international community's responsibility to Haiti is a dark anniversary the six-month mark since the earthquake that leveled vast swaths of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, and nearby towns, killing well over 200,000 people.
Although the earthquake was promiscuously unhelpful, killing the good and the bad, the rich and the poor, those who motionless stay encamped in sprawling tent cities lashed by tropical rains in and approximately the capital now stand for the lowest and most disempowered strata of Haitian society. They are the Haitians who, for generations, have fled the scarcity of the countryside to its largest city in search of jobs that were not there and where only further struggle awaited them.

On a time when only 2% of a promised $5.3bn (£3.5bn) in renovation aid has materialized and an equally small amount of rubble has been unconcerned, it is worth pausing to retain information how economic policy in a very real way helped drive Haitians off their land and into the labyrinthine slums of Port-au-Prince, where so many of them died.

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