[Marxism] Brazilian (Argentinian, Chilean) troops in Haiti

Jurriaan Bendien andromeda246 at hetnet.nl
Mon Dec 6 16:15:52 MST 2004

(FYI some gloomy news about "liberated"Haiti from the UN - JB)

UN report projects disturbing downward trends in Haiti's health, education, 

18 November 2004 - Health, education, the economy and the environment in 
Haiti are all headed downhill over the next decade, according to a new joint 
report by the United Nations and the Government, providing an urgent wake-up 
call for the Western Hemisphere's poorest country and for nations across the 
world interested in its future.

If present trends continue, 10.5 per cent of the population will be infected 
by HIV in 2015 and 25 per cent will remain shackled by extreme poverty, and 
the international donor community needs to make good on its promises of 
financial support to avert the deterioration.

The report - A Common Vision of Sustainable Development - was researched and 
written by a team of Haitian and UN experts led by the UN Development 
Programme (UNDP) during the final and most turbulent years of the Aristide 
Government, ousted in March, but was finished before the hurricane-related 
tragedy in Gonaïves claimed close to 3,000 lives in September. (...) Among 
the study's findings are:

# 55 per cent of Haiti's population of over 7.5 million live on less than $1 
per day, and the country ranks along with Afghanistan and Somalia with the 
world's worst daily caloric deficit per inhabitant.

# One out of every three deaths is a child, and Haiti's rate of 118 deaths 
per thousand live births for the period is by far the highest in the Western 
Hemisphere and likely to get worse.

# The ratio of women dying during childbirth has regressed to the point that 
it is now the second cause of death for Haitian women; between 1994 and 
1995, 457 out of 100,000 women died in childbirth, while from 1999 to 2000 
this increased to 523 per 100,000.

# At current rates of transmission 10.5 per cent of the population will be 
infected with HIV/AIDS by 2015, compared to 6.31 in 2002 and 4.98 in 1996; 
60 per cent to 80 per cent is at risk of exposure to malaria while the 
incidence of tuberculosis is endemic and today is the sixth-largest cause of 

# Erosion threatens a quarter of Haiti's territory; between 1987 and 2000, 
forest areas diminished by half, to 4 per cent from 9 per cent.

# More than 21 per cent of children ages 6 to 9 do not go to school at all - 
they are deemed too young to walk alone the distances of several kilometres 
to and from school; only 15 per cent of teachers meet the academic 
requirements to teach.


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