Academic journal article International Forum of Teaching and Studies

Haiti: The World Shows Compassion

Academic journal article International Forum of Teaching and Studies

Haiti: The World Shows Compassion

Article excerpt

Many LatinAmerican nations celebrated their bicentennials over the last several years, marking 200 years of independence. After years of battles, blood, and trauma, most of these countries still struggle today and depend on developed countries for economic support.

Weak democracies, human rights abuses and government corruption add to their difficulties. Poverty and other social problems seem to be part of the everyday news. Natural disasters create additional obstacles.

Sadly, Haiti's story reflects all of the above. Haiti was the second country in the Americas and first in Latin America to gain its independence, with a unique revolutionary process that led to a protracted war to abolish slavery. After more than 200 years as a free and independent nation, Haiti remains a slave of its own bad situation. Haiti is one of the poorest and most disadvantaged economies in the world. Some 80 percent of its population lives below the poverty line on less than $2 a day. The rest depend on the weather and resources to fish and cultivate the land.

The country's agricultural practices started a phenomenon of overexploitation and soil erosion because of intensive and uncontrolled deforestation. …

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