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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Haiti: Catholic agency denounces widespread corruption
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 Translated from French by Charles Arthur for the Haiti Support Group The Catholic humanitarian association, CARITAS, yesterday called on the Haitian people to mobilise themselves to eradicate the corruption that has become the "natural way" of doing things at the centre of the Haitian State. In its message delivered at the closing of its 21st annual assembly, CARITAS invited Haitian to involve themselves more in the political life of the country in order to demonstrate their sense of responsibility and to mobilise against corruption. In the same message, the association's 38 delegates from 16 parishes in the South-East department denounced the "sale of education by auction" practiced by public and private schools in the country. "The costs of the 'borlette schools' (mediocre schools low on education but high on charges) are ever increasing....It's incredible!", said one of them. CARITAS also severely criticised the irresponsibility of Haiti's public institutions, directly citing the Jacmel mayor. "It is unacceptable, revolting even, to see the Mayor establish the dumping of rubbish into the river, la Grand Rivière de Jacmel. Even worse, the population concerned says absolutely nothing about it," said Father Simon François, CARITAS' departmental director. In addition, the Catholic priest draw attention to the part of the closing message encouraging the Haitian people to participate in the next elections, while noting that the "votes should go to candidates who are determined and competent, and ready to sacrifice themselves to assure a better future and evolution in Haiti". The 21st assembly took place from 24-27 October at the pastoral centre on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of CARITAS in Haiti.
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