Haiti suffered the effects of an earthquake in 2010 killing 300,000 Haitians. The Clinton Foundation and their friends profited handsomely from the billions from all sources pouring in to the disaster.
The Haitians did not.
Haitian-Born Writer Dady Chery on the IHRC and The Clinton Foundation: “Return Haiti’s Earthquake Billions’
From The Huffington Post: 10/13/2016
To understand the Clinton Foundation’s activities in Haiti, it’s important to look at the impact Bill and Hillary Clinton have had on the people of Haiti. Democracy Now states former President Clinton’s trade policies “wiped out rice farming, seriously damaging Haiti’s ability to be self-sufficient.” According to Theodore Hamm in The Daily Beast, “Much of the blame for Haiti’s chaotic political scene can be pinned on Hillary Clinton’s State Department, whose handpicked president has only made things worse.” For several decades, the Clintons have influenced Haitian politics, and their impact hasn’t been positive.
Years before WikiLeaks released the Podesta Emails, The Nation published a 2011 article titled WikiLeaks Haiti: Let Them Live on $3 a Day. The Atlantic published a 2011 article titled America’s Awful Treatment of Haiti, According to WikiLeaks. In 2011, during Secretary Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, Business Insider published a piece titled WIKILEAKS: U.S. Fought To Lower Minimum Wage In Haiti So Hanes And Levis Would Stay Cheap. Fast forward to 2016 and ABC News recently discovered How Hillary’s State Dept. Gave Special Attention to ‘Friends of Bill’ After Haiti Quake.
It’s this controversial record that made me ask Haitian-born author and journalist Dady Chery about the Clinton Foundation’s activities in Haiti. Dr. Dady Chery is the author of We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti’s Struggle Against Occupation. She is the Co-Editor in Chief of News Junkie Post and the Editor of Haiti Chery. Dr. Chery’s answers to the following questions provide a comprehensive look into how the Clinton Foundation, and its subsidiaries, spent (or failed to account for) billions of dollars in aid.
Most importantly, where did the billions of dollars end up? Over 300,000 people died from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the country needed every dollar of the billions raised by Bill and Hillary Clinton. The Clinton Foundation and its associated Interim Haiti Recovery Commission managed to raise an enormous sum; without spending all of the money.
To date, nobody truly knows where the money went, but Dady Chery provides an illuminating glimpse into the complexity of the billions in missing aid money.
- Goodman: How much money did Hillary Clinton’s Interim Haiti Recovery Commission raise? How much went to the Haitian people?
Chery: By contrast to the Clinton Foundation, which has raised a total of about $1.5 billion in nearly two decades, the IHRC [Interim Haiti Recovery Commission] raised about $10 billion in two years!
Every cent of this money was supposed to be for Haiti’s reconstruction. The IHRC was an organization in Haiti chaired by Bill Clinton and a nominal Haitian co-chair Jean-Max Bellerive. It lasted from April 2010 to October 2011 and gathered under 14 groups all the international aid money to Haiti from other nations, international agencies, charities, NGOs, and private donors.
According to documents distributed by the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, that is, Bill Clinton himself, after one year and $3.2 billion, the IHRC had undertaken 75 projects, but only five of them had been completed for $84 million. In September 2012, the IHRC reported that $9.5 billion had been pledged and $5.9 billion had been disbursed, “though disbursed does not always mean spent.”
Anyway, on October 22, 2012, the IHRC inaugurated its centerpiece: a sweatshop complex in a beautiful spot in northern Haiti, well away from the earthquake-ravaged area, called Caracol Industrial Park.
For this project, USAID contributed $124 million, and IDB gave $105 million. So, altogether, the IHRC could concretely account for only 3.3 percent of the money it received for Haiti’s reconstruction.
Goodman: In your view, what happened to the money raised by Clinton’s Interim Haiti Recovery Commission?
Chery: It has become a tradition in Haiti, on earthquake anniversaries, to search through the rubble and demand to know where the money went. In response, Bill Clinton has claimed at various times that he received only 10 percent of the pledged money, despite his own documents saying otherwise, or even that the IHRC has funded projects that were started before it came into existence in April 2010.
It is no accident that Hillary Clinton’s initials are in the IHRC acronym. I often say it as: I, HRC. I think that much of the funds from the IHRC were meant to be her war chest for her presidential campaign.
Goodman: Does the average Haitian citizen know about the Clintons’ activities in Haiti? Are there some citizens who have actually benefited, or is the population in general still waiting for the Clinton Foundation to fulfill its promises?
Chery: Jean-Max Bellerive wound up on the board of VCS Mining together with Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother. That company tried to get a gold exploitation permit under cover of Christmas 2012 directly from Haiti’s Mining Director, without an environmental impact assessment, and without any input from Haiti’s Ministry of Public Works or the Senate. I immediately made this information known, and the permit was invalidated when the Senate came back in session the following January.
By contrast to the Haitian politicians who were the Clintons’ personal friends, most of Haiti’s politicians were outraged by the IHRC’s lack of transparency and its casual dismissal of them.
Average Haitians are well acquainted with the IHRC.
There were massive protests at its inception, because people realized that being run by a group of international donors led by Bill Clinton represented a loss of sovereignty for the country.
Haitians are, after all, extremely nationalistic. They also live everyday with the ruins of the earthquake, and they most definitely know that Bill and Hillary Clinton came to Haiti, put on their most sincere faces, made a lot of promises, raised money in the name of Haitians, and then delivered essentially nothing.
The Clintons are not welcome in Haiti any more. That is part of the reason why they are now pushing Chelsea Clinton to the forefront.