Unrest in Haiti
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Obviously somebody in Haiti is NOT SHARING the opportunity and wealth. Even today.
I remember reading somewhere long ago that Duvalier looted the country before he was deposed.
The literacy rate is very low. I believe some of Haiti's problems could be solved by (may as well get the money from foreign entities that just can't seem to stay out of Haiti's business) creating a very good, free public education system from age 4 to 18.
RevSmith, what is the basis for your accusation about the Dominican Republic? My understanding is the Dominican Republic is doing everything they can to keep the Haitians out of their country. Are you talking about a few unscrupulous business owners? The cycle is Haitians trying to get to the Dominican Republic, Dominican Republicans trying to get to Puerto Rico and so on. Also, the reason for the mudslides and severe flooding after a hurricane, for example, is the Haitians have deforested over 90% of the country. For most wood is the only source of fuel they have. Oil is too expensive and is the only way they can produce electricity. This deforestation has also severely damaged their agriculture industry.
'let in" to the Labadee area, The small amount of haggling may feed their children for a a day or two..
But i would think if RCCL thought there was any danger they would not risk the lives of their crew, their passengers , or their ship
I was reading on ************ where Labadoo isn't really an island that its baracaded by an electric fence to keep the poor people of Haiti out. I was really shocked by the article and since we are just in the planning stage was wondering if this article was true? ************ list all the cruising industry mishaps and publishes articles of the different ports. Anyone know about them?
Labadee is not an island and yes it is fenced off from the rest of Haiti. The locals are allowed in to sell their goods at the market area. They also do some shows with dancing and singing. It was interesting to watch. When you dock you can see local fishermen in their boats. You can also see shacks in the hills. Look on Google Earth and you can see the whole area. Labadee is so beautiful but its really sad to think the rest of Haiti is nothing like Labadee.
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I loved Labadee and knew before I went there what condition Haiti is in. I did enjoy it, it was like Paradise, but it sickened me to think that beyond those fences were some of the poorest people. I tipped well and will never forget Prophete Benjamin, a very cool guy I met and chatted with a bit. The rest of the men working were rushing to go and make the next few dollars helping people with their chairs, but this guy really talked to me, and I will remember his eyes forever.
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