The Haitian president at the time, a musician turned politician named Michel Martelly, seemed reluctant to oppose American ideas of restructuring, according to Voltaire. “At the time, Clinton was very close to Martelly,” he told me. “Martelly is an amateur and he respects Clinton`s ideas. They would follow whatever USAid and Clinton said. (Martelly did not respond to an interview request.) MCC fully transferred the administration and operations of the hospital to the Haitian Ministry of Health 21 years after it opened, and the hospital is still in operation today. The early determination, care and compassion shown by MCC workers in Grande Rivière continues to influence MCC`s work in Haiti today through leaders such as Pere Eddy Eustache. Growing up in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord, Father Eddy, as Eustache is often called, has strong memories of the hospital`s influence in his community and life. Over the past 12 months, I have repeatedly asked USAid spokespeople to tell us how the $70 million allocated to the port of Cap-Haïtien was finally spent. In July 2018, I filed a request for documents related to port expenses under the Freedom of Information Act, and last October, after a phone call with a U.S.
aid official, I again filed the request in more detail. The agency has confirmed my request, but has not yet sent me a single document in response. Over the next four decades, the Clintons became increasingly involved in Haiti and worked to transform the country in profound ways. As President of the United States in the 1990s, Bill advocated for profound changes in Haiti`s agricultural sector that significantly increased the country`s dependence on American food crops. In 1994, three years after a military coup in Haiti, Bill ordered a U.S. invasion that toppled the junta and returned the country`s democratically elected president to power. Fifteen years later, Bill was appointed UN Special Envoy to Haiti to help the country develop its private sector and revive its economy. Until 2010, the Clintons were two of Haiti`s greatest benefactors. His personal philanthropic fund, the Clinton Foundation, had 34 projects in the country focused on things like job creation. After the project was abandoned, U.S.
officials didn`t even bother to inform Haiti of the news. When I visited Cap-Haïtien in December, the Haitian port authorities were unaware that USAid had rejected the project. “The last conversation we had, they told us the money was there,” said Anaclé Gervè, the director of the port of Cap-Haïtien. I told him what a U.S. aid official had told me: he had decided to cancel the port project six months earlier. .