Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

South Korea: Riding the K-culture wave

Read more

#THE 51%

Diving back in: Offering support for French mothers returning to work

Read more

REPORTERS

Chaotic post-hurricane relief efforts in Haiti

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Cash crunch casualties: India's wedding industry suffers from currency changes

Read more

FOCUS

Ivory Coast faces uphill battle against counterfeit medicine

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

The fight for transparency: Democracy put to the test

Read more

ENCORE!

Choreographer Akram Khan: 'The body speaks the truth'

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Admiring the gardens of tomorrow in France's Loire valley

Read more

FASHION

French fashion legend Pierre Cardin celebrates 70 years of design

Read more

REPORTERS

An in-depth report by our senior reporters and team of correspondents from around the world. Every Saturday at 9.10 pm Paris time. And you can watch it online as early as Friday.

Latest update : 2016-12-09

Chaotic post-hurricane relief efforts in Haiti

Haiti is still waiting for the final results of the November 20 presidential election, but time is running out. For more than a year, an electoral crisis has paralyzed the economic development of the country, which was hit by a devastating hurricane in early October. Haitians are still waiting for humanitarian aid, while relief from the international community is being resold for a profit on the black market. Our reporter investigates.

Two months after Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, the population is denouncing local officials for using relief funds to promote their presidential candidates. Haitians feel as if the 2010 post-earthquake corruption scandals are repeating themselves.

International aid has arrived at the capital Port-au-Prince's airport, but it is struggling to make its way to the people in need of urgent relief in the south of the country. There, the situation is worsening, with locals suffering from starvation and a cholera outbreak.

According to Haitian officials, 546 people have died since the hurricane hit and 175,000 have been left homeless. Meanwhile, interim president Jocelerme Privert says he has received only €1.9 million from the European Union and €190,000 from Taiwan. An insignificant amount for a disaster costing more than €1.8 billion, according to a World Bank estimate.

>> On France24.com: Hunger and disease after Hurricane Matthew

The hurricane’s winds of over 230 km/h and torrential rains have devastated crops in the south. For farmers, who represent half the population and consume only what they produce, the situation is catastrophic. The shortage is also affecting markets in the rest of the country and accentuating an already high inflation rate.

In reality, the hurricane has only amplified a crisis that has lasted a decade. With a very low gross domestic product, a third of Haitians out of work, and more than 60% of the population living below the poverty line, Haiti, hit hard by a 2010 earthquake, is failing to progress.

After a year of a chaotic election campaign and a weakened provisional government, Haitians have just elected a new president. They hope to see the country's management take a significant turn for the better and rise from the ashes left by the hurricane.

Our reporter Manon Heurtel followed the distribution of relief aid, from storage warehouses to their resale on the black market. She met powerless inhabitants as they watched aid convoys passing by their makeshift shelters without stopping once.

By Manon HEURTEL

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-12-09 Americas

Chaotic post-hurricane relief efforts in Haiti

Haiti is still waiting for the final results of the November 20 presidential election, but time is running out. For more than a year, an electoral crisis has paralyzed the...

Read more

2016-12-01 Asia-pacific

Uzbekistan reinforces its tight grip on election and country

Uzbekistan is holding a presidential election on Sunday that is going largely unnoticed abroad. The successor to the late president, Islam Karimov, who held power for more than a...

Read more

2016-11-25 Americas

Video: Venezuela close to breaking point

As Venezuela sinks deeper into political crisis, its economy is close to collapse. With hyperinflation, food shortages, malnutrition and extreme poverty, daily life for...

Read more

2016-11-18 paedophilia

Tracking a Church paedophilia case from Dakar to Quebec

Following a series of paedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church in recent years, FRANCE 24 reporters investigated the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious...

Read more