The Myth of "Humanitarian Aid" in Haiti

The Truth about Development Politics

The recent attacks on Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court, have evidenced the need to discuss how international adoption is not a partisan issue and is very much a product of international development models, transnational economic policies and child trafficking.

Immediately after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti hundreds of international NGOs along with the MINUSTAH (the UN mission already in Haiti since 2004) took hold of the country, controlling camps around the city of Port-au-Prince where the force of the earthquake was focussed. In the months after various “rescue forces” from abroad, Haitians noticed no difference in their conditions. They did, however, see new cars for the UN and many of the 10,000 NGOs in the country, they witnessed an increase in surveillance especially of the infamous Cité Soleil for which the UN ostensibly established itself in the coun…

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