Unreported World - Haiti
This evening's Unreported World on Channel Four was titled: Haiti, the island that ate itself. It is an island with interlinked poverty, environmental destruction and weak government. It is a vicious cycle seen in other places but the people in Haiti suffer more than most . The forest that once covered most of Haiti is now almost gone and yet the remaining trees are still being cut for fuel. In the markets it is much cheaper to buy rice from the USA than local rice and the people are dependent on food aid.
Aidan Hartley writes in his Reporter's Log on the Haiti film that it was one of the most distressing stories he has ever covered.
Update, May 2009: Thank you for the comment about democracy, John. See this about peaceful protest in Haiti against undemocratic elections.
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