By Paul Farmer
“The book's maximum energy lies in its depiction of the post-quake chaos… within the book's extra analytical sections the author's analysis of the problems of reconstruction is sharp.” —Economist
“A gripping, profoundly relocating ebook, an pressing dispatch from front through considered one of our best warriors for social justice.” —Adam Hochschild
“His sincere evaluate of what the folks attempting to aid Haiti did well—and the place they failed—is vital for somebody who cares in regards to the kingdom or foreign relief in general.” —Miami Herald
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Although uncomfortable with the heavy protocol, which was often completely over the top, I settled into a good working relationship with the UN Haiti team. This group of eight or so people led a staff of several thousand, most of them military peacekeepers. My chief interlocutor was the Secretary-General’s special representative, an oldschool diplomat named Hédi Annabi. We got along well despite different views on Haitian politics. A native of Tunisia, Mr. Annabi had been working in tough settings for decades.
Implementation was the biggest challenge—and figuring out how to finance it. AIDS was not only the leading cause of adult death in many of the places we worked; by the year 2000, it surpassed tuberculosis as the world’s leading infectious killer. 5 But few seemed interested in funding AIDS care in poor countries. Policy debates pitted prevention against care—as if these were competing priorities rather than complementary ones—and many thought doing both would be too expensive. Partners In Health had been able to finance AIDS treatment in central Haiti because of the generosity of people such as Tom White, a Boston contractor who had given us millions of dollars over the years.
But we also had aspirations to build the development machinery back better. One of the books I gave to my new coworkers was a scathing indictment of development assistance, Travesty in Haiti, by anthropologist Tim Schwartz. I suspected it had won him few friends, but the book taught me a lot. His description of several abandoned windmills in the northwest could serve as a parable of foreign aid in Haiti: The wind generators stand like monuments atop a hill overlooking the city of Baie-de-Sol, the capital city of the province.