This is what Barack "Nero" Obama's criminal "f#@*k you" to Haiti has produced in the wake of tropical storm Isaac's ripping through the island of Hispaniola on Aug. 25: 24 dead in Haiti and five in the Dominican Republic, amidst massive flooding; the immediate danger of a cholera upsurge, with a dangerous outbreak already occurring in the Dominican Republic's Santiago province. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still live in infrahuman conditions, two-and-a half years after the Jan., 2010 earthquake, defenseless against natural disasters.
Against this backdrop, Haitian Defense Minister Jean Rodolphe Joazile is calling for the creation of an Army Corps of Engineers "which will provide service to the people even in the remotest corners," while the British Empire's human rights organizations shriek that Haiti has no right to have an Army. Note that in the 1950s, under President Eisenhower, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was deployed to Haiti, and focussed on watershed-wide improvements in the biggest of the western-flowing river systems, the Artibonite. The Peligre hydroelectric dam was built at that time, still operating and about to undergo much-needed refurbishing.
The Artibonite Valley Agriculture Project, elaborated on in a 1952 report by Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences, founded by Franklin Roosevelt's Vice President Henry Wallace, envisioned transforming this region into a "valley of hope" — a smaller version of the Tennesse Valley Authority for Haiti — for major agricultural and economic development.
What did Haiti get with Obama? In the capital of Port-au_Prince, where 400,000 homeless people still live in 575 wretched "displaced persons" camps, Isaac's fierce winds and rains destroyed the flimsy tarpaulin and bed-sheet "homes" of camp residents. The danger of a cholera upsurge is real. Jean-Michel Vigreaux, country director in Haiti for the CARE NGO, reports that "water is stagnating around the camps and in some areas latrines are flooded." There has in fact already been an outbreak in Ouest department, where the capital is located. In the capital's neighborhoods, water is rushing through poorly constructed drainage, eroding the already precarious hillsides and ravines, Vigreaux added.
According to the UN News Center, during the storm 14,000 people left their homes, and another 13,500 took refuge in temporary shelters, but some of the camp residents refused to leave, fearful that their meager belongings would be stolen, or that authorities would use the fact of their evacuation to evict them permanently.
The country's southeastern and western regions were hardest hit, with flooding and mudslides causing extensive damage to bridges and roads. At least, 81,000 hectares [approx. 190,00 acres—ed.] of agricultural crops were destroyed, nationwide. The departments (provinces) of Northeast, Southeast, Artibonite, South, North, West, Northwest, Central Plateau, Grand Anse, and Nippes were all affected.