Haiti faces a political, sociological, and economic set of crises. The country faces mass famine, with an estimated 4.7 million people facing acute hunger. With the assassination of its President, Haiti is also facing a political crisis. Officials governing the country are having a legitimacy crisis given the poor response to previous crises that have seen the Haitian people lose power, authority, even sovereignty over the nation. And international intervention has done little to help the nation, and in fact it has exacerbated the problems. How can the nation thrive in light of a history of exploitation and colonialism that has led to these crises? How can the Haitian people be empowered to seize control of their destiny? [ dur: 58mins. ]
- Darlène Dubuisson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of “Haiti: Black Utopia” and “We Know How to Work Together”: Konbit, Protest, and the Rejection of INGO Bureaucratic Dominance.
- Mark Schuller is Presidential Research Professor and Professor of Anthropology and Nonprofit and NGO Studies at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti and Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs.
- Jean-Eddy Saint Paul is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is the author of Assassinations and invasions – how the US and France shaped Haiti’s long history of political turmoil and Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa.
This program is produced by Ankine Aghassian, Doug Becker, Melissa Chiprin, Mihika Chechi, and Sudd Dongre.