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60 nations pledged $5.3 Billion to aid Haiti, so far only $506 Million has been disbursed

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What's been widely publicised is that at 4:53 pm Tuesday January 12th, 2010, the strongest earthquake since 1770 hit just 10 miles west of Porte-au-Prince, Haiti and its 2 million inhabitants. The 7.0 magnitude quake sent 33 aftershocks and left 1/3rd of its 10 million inhabitants in immediate need of emergency aid. 60 nations pledged $5.3 billion at an aid conference in March. What's not so widely known is the relatively "miniscule" amount that's actually been delivered to Haiti; the amount? $506 million as of July 2010. I watched an interview with Former President Bill Clinton recently - he sounded exasperated but very hopeful and optimistic: "I think that the -- if the donors will honor their commitments and we on the commission can do a good job, and none of these international bodies will delay things too much, I think you'll see good results".


He was clearly baffled over the Haitian government's short sightedness and insistence on hitting up aid groups with storage fees, customs and taxes when they're bringing in emergency supplies, building supplies and so forth. 'I believe I will succeed in getting the government to drop that fee. The government does not apply to NGOs that are pre-registered and already working here. But when NGOs come in for the first time and they're not pre-registered and they don't know anything about them, they do". 'I've tried to get them to change this whole customs system". "hey shouldn't charge them any customs fees -- zero. It's not right". "It's -- it's what I call the chokehold theory of revenues. You know, what do people have to use to get into Haiti? They have to use the ports and the airports"

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