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Haitian poverty persists; residents feel relief donations misspent

Catholic World News - January 11, 2013

Three years after the country was devastated by an enormous earthquake, more than 300,000 people in Haiti still live in temporary shelters, reports a Jesuit priest working there.

Although many millions of dollars in donations have been funneled into Haiti, the country’s needy residents have not seen “many visible results in their daily lives,” reports Father Francois Kawas. Many Haitians are complaining about corruption both in their country’s government and in the charitable agencies that have received the foreign aid.

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