I got back from Haiti a week ago, with my team from Al Jazeera English TV. We looked at the grand schemes being advanced for rebuilding the country, and found a familiar model of exploiting cheap labour for export industries. Traveling to the countryside, we also found longstanding alternatives on a more bottom-up model, like those pioneered by Paul Farmer and Partners in Health.
As my partner Naomi Klein just wrote in The Nation, the Haitians in this piece are full of ideas on how to rebuild their country. They are not the passive victims we see on so many other networks.
Here’s our documentary, Haiti: The Politics of Rebuilding, produced by Andrea Schmidt.