|Up in Northern Haiti, around the mountains where gold was found!|
Today, however, I was presented with some quotes that just... well...
This is Haiti.
On the discovery of gold in the country! No, not pirate gold (like I hoped!) but an estimate of $20 billion worth in the Northeast:
"If the mining companies are honest and if Haiti has a good government, then here is a way for this country to move forward," said Bureau of Mines Director Dieuseul Anglade.
So. Let's look at the likelihood of this.
IF the mining companies are honest...in one of the most corrupt nations in the world...
* Haiti is considered to be the 9th most corrupt nation on the planet, according to Transparency International.
AND! IF Haiti has a good government...well, considering it's current government has been functional only 4 out of the last 12 months...
Yeah. I don't have high hopes for this. Bring on the "environmental contamination, displaced communities and mountaintops torn asunder"!!! Sigh. Ok, really I hope it turns out better than that. Really really hope so. This could actually be a great opportunity for the country.
Next up - it's been 1 year since President Martelly was sworn in. And here is what Martelly has to say about the last year:
Still known to many by his stage name "Sweet Micky," Martelly said governing was easier than he had thought and he has no regrets from the first year.
So...Martelly thinks governing is easy!?! And no regrets? His first year was perfect? Well, I guess it was pretty perfect (if you completely ignore the fact that he didn't have a Prime Minister for the first 5 months, the first one quit on him, 10 senators' mandates have just expired and there is no election set, and an armed militia is now wandering the streets...)
But. He still is miiiighty popular!
“This is the first time we have a government that cares about the people,” Pierre said. “Martelly is moving with the people, helping them find housing. A lot of children who were not in school are there today because of the free education. I would be happy if he were re-elected for another five years and then he can become president for life.’’
This man, who has no electricity, running water and who's 6 children are not in school, sure still loves him. He even wants Martelly to be President for Life!!!!
Well, we all know how well that goes (I'm talking to you, Papa Doc and Baby Doc.)
Sigh. Oh Haiti.