Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti: Fast Facts

With the devastating earthquake in Haiti reviving memories of the tsunami in 2005, I found this article on FoxNews.

I feel sorry for the needless death of perhaps
100,000 people and the 3 million or so people affected by the quake and certainly I think these poor people are suffering enough from governmental abuse, not to deserve such a severe blow.

But nature is harsh and cruel. The only consolation is that at least with the earthquake, they are not to blame, as is the case with their calamitous self-rule since independence from France in 1804...and of course the international aid will continue to pour in. That helps.

Looking at some of the facts, I think Haiti also gives us an inkling into what could be in store for Azania in the not too distant future, after the Zumas and the Malemas have all gone.

Azania is experiencing a collapse of the rule of law, a catastrophic and irreversible implosion of parastatals, municipalities, water affairs, education, a burgeoning underclass and a decline in infrastructure a mere 16 years after apartheid officially ended. Now imagine what it will be like in 100 years time?

Haiti - Fast Facts:

• Discovered by Columbus in 1492.

• Haiti won its independence from France on January 1, 1804.

• Population of nearly 10 million people.

• Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

• 80% of the population in Haiti is living under the poverty line.

• Most Haitians live on less than $2 a day.

• More than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.

• Haiti is slightly smaller than Maryland.

• The Haiti telecommunications infrastructure is among the least developed in Latin America and the Caribbean.

• Haiti has 14 airports; 4 have paved runways.

• Haiti’s capital is Porte-au-Prince, a coastal city with about 2 million inhabitants.

• After decades of dictatorship, former Roman Catholic priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide became Haiti's first freely elected leader in 1990.

• Aristide was ousted by a military coup in 1991 but reinstated with U.S. backing.

• Aristide was forced out of the country and into exile in 2004 by a rebellion of gangs and former soldiers.

• Democratic rule was restored in 2006.

• Haiti has been led by President Rene Preval since May 2006 when the country returned to constitutional rule.

• Haiti is one of the original members of the United Nations and several of its specialized and related agencies, as well as a member of the Organization of American States (OAS).

• In July 2004, $1.085 billion was pledged through 2006 at the World Bank Donors' Conference. Donors included the U.S., Canada, the EU, France, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Greece, Norway, Mexico, and Ireland

• Capital: Port-au-Prince

• Time difference: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)

• Land: 27,560 sq km (slightly smaller than Maryland)

• Population: 9,035,536 (U.S. 307,212,123)

• Population Growth rate: 1.84% (U.S. 0.98%)

• Urban population: 47% of total population (U.S. 82% of population)

• Ethnic groups: black 95%, mulatto and white 5%

• Life expectancy at birth: 60.78 years (U.S. 78.11)

• HIV/AIDS - deaths: 7,200 (2007 est.)

• Religions: Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), none 1%, other 3% - note: roughly half of the population practices voodoo

• Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write total population: 52.9%

• Independence: January 1, 1804 (from France)

• Chief of state: President Rene PREVAL (since 14 May 2006)

• Head of government: Prime Minister Jean-Max BELLERIVE (since 7 November 2009)

• U.S. Ambassador to Haiti: Ambassador Kenneth H. MERTEN

• Haitian Ambassador to U.S.: Ambassador Raymond Joseph

• GDP: $11.53 billion – 154th in the World (2008 est.)

• GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,300 – 203rd in the world (2008 est.)

• Labor force: 3.643 million (2008 est)

• Population below poverty line: 80%

• GDP (purchasing power parity): $11.53 billion (2008 est.)

• GDP (official exchange rate): $6.943 billion (2008 est.)

• GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,300 (2008 est.)

• GDP - composition by sector: Agriculture: 28%, Industry: 20%, Services: 52% (2004 est.)

• Labor force: 3.643 million

• Labor force - by occupation: Agriculture: 66%

• Population below poverty line: 80% and 54% in abject poverty.

• Haiti now ranks 146th of 177 countries in the UN's Human Development Index.

18 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Let me guess - they still blame the French?

Viking said...

read today there's been looting in the aftermath of the quake.
New Orleans anyone?

Anonymous said...

When the slaves revolted and slaughtered the white population of 40,000, they inherited a land known as the jewel of the pacific and one of the wealthiest per capita countries in the world. Without anyone's help, they turned paradise into a seething septic tank, a shithole of unimaginable proportions.
Sorry, I have no sympathy for these kaffirs. They won´t get my help. Give them 2 days max and they will be robbing, raping and killing their fellow citizens and the world will blame the white man for not giving them more aid.
It´s all so predictable.

Islandshark said...

@ Viking: Indeed - and how many people know that funds intended for flood defenses in New Orleans were utilised for social spending - but then it was the govt's fault when the floods came.

@ Anon 7:21am - too right you are - they slaughtered the whites like animals (like the savages do with farm murders in SA) and the rest is pretty much a downward slide to hell.

"If you aren't a student of history, you are a victim of history" - Frank of Queens

Anonymous said...

In other words, Haiti is one big kaffir ghetto!

diberville2009 said...

Port-au-Prince, not Porte-au-Prince (another meaning) is the capital city.

Funnily I read nowhere that

1) Haïti was the richest of the French colonies (The Pearl of the West Indies, «La perle des Antilles»)

2) Did not read anothing about the whites being slaughtered in Haïti when it gained independance.

Anonymous said...

Sure it is shithead black leaders who runs their countries in the ground. It is after all the prick who sits in South Africa today at taxpayer expense being the former head of Haiti.

On the other hand the IMF does not make it easy in any event. Look at Jamaica and Haiti as a whole. See this video for a different view from the other side:

Anonymous said...

Today, Bill Clinton appeared on TV saying that the only thing people can do for Haiti is to send money, money, and more money. Is he crazy?? What does he think will happen to this money? The same that's happened to the Tsunami millions that's gone missing and is unaccounted for - duh. According to the UN, 9Million people are in need of emergency aid following the earthquake. Am I missing something? Their population is 10million of so why do they need aid for 9million? I smell a rat...

Anonymous said...

Simple equation: RSA minus YT = Haiti

Dmitri said...

The whites build. The kaffirs destroy. I say - screw all aid to them. Let them sort their own shit out. It took a natural disaster for all these fucking fantastic liberals to google where Haiti is and now they want to send aid... for what. That place is fucked. Leave it fucked.

Anonymous said...

That is what happens when you Voodoo worship.

Anonymous said...

Don't give these Kaffirs a cent. If they are so fucking good let them rebuild their country themselves like Germany had to do after both world wars as well as Japan after the second.

Rather give your money to white widows and white orphans. Help your own race. Forget about the Blacks. How often have you ever seen a Black donate money to a White person or even help him in any way? No it is always the other way arround. Not even the Chinese or Japanese give aid to Blacks. The Chinese just give them weapons so they can kill each other more...and those weapons are not for free. The Chinese always want something in return, like fishing concession or mining consessions. They will never give something without expecting something bigger in return.

Us whites are the only stupid ones amongst the races, because we always run to aid our mortal enemies. We trample each other in an effort to prove how good we are. Kaffirs should go on their knees and thank the Lord for the White man, because the White man is the only one keeping Kaffirs alive today. If it wasn't for the compassion of the White man, Kaffirs would have been extinct about 200 years ago.

Exzanian said...

It's probably harsh to just say "screw the Haitians" let them suffer after the quake. I mean, I wouldn't like to watch my dog lie and suffer with broken bones after being run down by a car. I'll rush it to the vet for sure! There needs to be aid to alleviate the immediate suffering in Haiti. After that, it's back to them and another 200 years of self inflicted pain and stupidity. Just as in Africa, I support aid for natural disasters, but zero aid for political fuck ups (that's why I feel absolutely zilcho pilcho for the average Zimbabwean)

Viking said...

I tend to agree, ExZanian.

It's hard to know what's earthquake damage and what's normal Haitian "damage", particular after the looting of businesses etc.
The UK was pretty quick to find 6 million pounds to send.

Looking at the photos, I estimate the total damage to be around £4.37 myself ...

Vanilla Ice said...

@Viking, I agree. How do you distinguish between a normal day at the mall, and an earthquake?

@ExZ. You left wing libbie you.

I doubt they will be grateful, or would return the favour. Besides, my dog is far more loyal, far more intelligent and knows who the boss is.

Dmitri said...

@Exzanian. You do make a valid point, but aid should be as in food/water/meds/tents and should be for a period of not more than 3 months.

After that, they are on their own. If you give unlimited aid, they will just take and take and not bother to get up on their own.

Money is not worth giving.

Exzanian said...

Dmitri, that's almost exactly what I said.

Anonymous said...

This natural disaster will provide an unparalleled opportunity for world government proponents to "re-organize" Haiti; ie to turn it into a permanent receptacle for our "donations", administered by the "international community", as a training camp for young western "cadres" (ie, our kids) to be imported for "youth volunteering" ie indoctrination, and to act as a permanent source of immigrants to be pumped monthly by the tens of thousand into North America, for "diversity" (ie,to vote Democrat), and to facilitate that grand project, the theft of the USA/Canada from its Founding Peoples (ie, us).