Unreported World~Haiti The Island that Ate Itself 2009 04 10 Ch 4
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Reporter Aidan Hartley presents a snapshot of life on the Caribbean island of Haiti. Described as existing in a permanent state of emergency, it's the poorest country in the western hemisphere and an extreme example of the dilemma of aid dependency, with a quarter of the population reliant on food handouts.
Hurricanes cause such devastation that any recovery between the storms and floods seems both difficult and futile. Charcoal production has led to deforestation and erosion, leaving the exposed, rocky landscape looking like a graveyard. The land can't sustain the population and US rice imports are half the price of home-grown.
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BIG SUGAR 2007 07 10/11 (CBC)
Includes: “A shantytown on the Central Romano plantation in the Dominican Republic.
Going undercover, Big Sugar witnesses the appalling working conditions on plantations in the Dominican Republic, where Haitian cane cutters live like slaves. Workers who live on Central Romano, a Fanjul-owned plantation, go hungry while working 12-hour days to earn $2 (US). In a dramatic confrontation, Jose Pepe Fanjul is taken to task about his company’s unethical labour practices in the Dominican Republic”
Apr 11, 2009, 18:45:39
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