Instead of assisting Haiti toward progress, the seeming saturation of aid organizations in the quake-ravaged Caribbean nation drove the country’s growth path downward, The Guardian said in its Saturday editorial.
The British newspaper especially criticized the U.S. for “the destruction of Haitian agriculture,” as U.S. aid activities in the country eventually led to the importation of subsidized American rice. As humanitarian organizations highly doubted the Haitian government’s capability to govern, non-governmental organizations virtually ran the country, with some 10,000 counted in 2006 alone.
“The aid ought to be going to Haitians and their popular movements should decide how to rebuild the country. Foreign agendas for Haiti have not worked,” read the editorial.