Why is Haiti unable to handle its humanitarian crisis? | Inside Story

It's a nation that has long-suffered from natural disaters and political turmoil.
Haiti is once again devastated - by a powerful earthquake.
The tragedy has been accelerated by a tropical storm on top of the pandemic.
At least 2,000 people have been killed, many are displaced and hospitals are overwhelmed.
That's while the country is yet to elect a new president after the assasination of Jovenel Moise last month.
Aid is trickling in slowly and agencies are struggling to get food and urgent medical care to those in need.
So is Haiti only overwhelmed by the humanitarian crisis? Or are there underlying problems?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Eugenia Charles, Executive Director of Fondasyon Mapou, an organisation delivering aid in Haiti. She also hosts a radio show focussed on social and political issues there.

Joseph Harold Pierre, academic and political consultant on Haiti and Latin America. He's also a political grassroots leader and found of NAPSA- an organisation promoting development and democratisation in Haiti.

Jake Johnston, senior research associate at Center for Economic and Policy Research and lead author of their report 'Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch Blog'.

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