⚧ C.T.L.W. You figure it out
My Endo doc went over my blood work. "I see your estrogen level is now at 315, do you feel like you have too much Estrogen now?"
I told her "... N... N.. No..." and started crying.
The "government" aid money went into the pockets of those distributing it, starting with "agents" state side through to some low life thugs charging a percentage of the food to get it there.
In the aftermath of the quake, it was non-government agencies who were first on scene with real humanitarian aid, person to person, with funds generated directly from the people on the street in Canada, US, Britain and especially France. A colleague of mine, a former member of the legislature was among the first to set foot there. It was weeks, months perhaps before government money was flowing.
The difference is the NGO money is tight, one time and people have to be careful. Government money requires funded committees, administrators, controllers and a list of pockets to be lined before the $ leaves the bank.
Years ago, as a very green, freshman reporter in Ottawa, I came to tears over the bureaucratic delays in getting aid to the earth quake victims in Managua, Nicaragua in 1973.
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
Haiti had a real poverty problem long before the earthquake. That poverty stems from a corrupt government. The earthquake only made things much worse. Here in the U.S. because of the corruption in Haiti years ago the U.S. Congress passed a law saying no funds can go to Haiti’s central government until the secretary of state certifies that the country, among other things, “is combating corruption and improving governance,” including passing an anti-corruption law to prosecute corrupt officials and putting in place financial transparency and accountability requirements for government institutions. We currently give Haiti 800 million dollars a year in aid but not directly to the government. Canada and the European Union also give substantial amounts but I have no idea if they give it directly to the government. Haiti's government budget relies on 40% from foreign aid.
The earthquake was horrific, 7.0 magnitude inland. The United States Geological Survey recorded eight aftershocks in the two hours after the main earthquake, with magnitudes between 4.3 and 5.9. Within the first nine hours 32 aftershocks of magnitude 4.2 or greater were recorded, 12 of which measured magnitude 5.0 or greater, and on 24 January USGS reported that there had been 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater since 12 January quake. (according to Wiki)
I imagine a few of those billions went immediately to housing hundreds of thousands in tent cities and setting up some sort of temporary sanitation, feeding the masses, and setting up temporary hospitals for the wounded. Other monies most likely went to things like rescue missions trying to dig people out of the rubble collecting the dead and while searching for survivors. There were so many dead that they were placed in mass graves. There are signs of Haiti rebuilding but by the accounts I have read there are still 80,000 living in tents.
I've been to Haiti. It has some of the most pristine beaches I have ever seen. If the government wasn't so corrupt, there would probably be many more businesses willing to establish themselves on the island which in turn would produce needed jobs for the people and generate revenue for the government so that it would not be dependent on so much welfare from other countries.