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Numbing Numbers

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Tuesday, 09 February 2010 13:11
Center for Constitutional Rights legal director Bill Quigley breaks down the Haiti relief numbers today on Common Dreams, such as:

1 million – the number of “people who have been given food by the UN World Food Program in Port au Prince – another million in Port au Prince still need help.”

63,000 is the number of “pregnant women among the people displaced by the earthquake.”

Bill notes that 7,000 tents have been “distributed by United Nations …President Preval of Haiti has asked for 200,000 tents.”


900 “latrines …have been dug for the people displaced from their homes.  Another 950,000 people still need sanitation.”

Another number little mentioned in the press: “An hourly wage of 75 cents per hour is paid by the United Nations Development Program to people in Haiti who have been hired to help in the clean up.   The UNDP is paying 30,000 people to help clean up Haiti, 180 Haitian Gourdes ($4.47) for six hours of work.  The program hopes to hire 100,000 people.”

Read the whole piece here.
 

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