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My Latest Dispatch From Haiti

26 January 2010


Beginning at 6:52 A.M.:

Good Morning! RED ZONE/GREEN ZONE still seems to be an issue when getting aid
to different neighborhoods.

All Haitians are EQUAL. Some Haitians are more EQUAL than others.

I'm hearing rumors that Carrefour Feuille is not receiving the international
attention warranted by the destruction there.

Drove in a car yesterday 4 the first time. Saw more from the car but you don't
FEEL THE PEOPLE.You don't get a sense of the people...Like TV.

My son flies back to college tomorrow. He didn't want to abandon us. Missed a
week of school. We told him it's time to go.

What happened to money from 6 years of devastation. Big Black Hole. Go visit
Gonaives if u don't believe me.We need new people involved, NOW.

Has anyone ever heard of an audit? Historically, devastation funds don't go
where they're supposed to. What's the difference this time?

2009 was the YEAR of FRAUD in Haiti.

If Haiti is part of IMF auditing system, then why is no one in JAIL?

Some people are just showing up and looking for ways to help "on the ground".

Don't know what advice to give.

It's not recovery if it's embedded in FRAUD and CORRUPTION.Did you see those
elections last year? Internat. Comm. 100% approve.

Going to try and find a bank today. The ones in this neighborhood have
crumbled...

I hear the long lines aren't at the banks; the lines are at the money transfer
places.I'll find out soon.

The Central Bank isn't open yet so things aren't really functioning money wise.
Long lines at Cam Transfer and Western Union.

To drive around the whole city of PauP is too unbelievable. Destruction
everywhere. Found an open Sogebank at Delmas 48.

People are asking me about donations. I recommend:Gheskio, Fonkoze, Lambi Fund
and Red Cross.Google them for more info.

Visa and other credit cards are not functioning in Haiti yet. Maybe by next
week.

The guards at the palace are eating food from USAID.

I had this awful feeling in the pit of my stomach while driving around today.

The devastation is too much to take in at once.

If the Palace doesn't have food, what's that tell you about every one else?

Folks are telling me the Dominicans are doing a great job at water/food
distribution as well as hot meals; also giving big bags of rice.

I haven't seen any Haitian Govt presence since day 1. Today I drove around town
and didn't see a traffic cop or a clean up crew. Nothing.

I guess the Haitian Govt is too busy raising money for themselves to help
around town...

Considering amount of AID allocated 2 Gonaives during last 6 years for disaster
relief,considering how much relief;we got problems.

The UN was becoming part of the problem.Never said anything about disappearing
AID and approved fraudulent elections.

We're living day to day trying to supply world press with
internet, food, drink, water and mattresses. Found food for Haitians. That's Good.

I've been in the RED ZONE for most of the decade. I've had cops dressed in black
with ski masks try and freak out my guests.

I've had no news on the libraries or Archives Nationale.

There's a pretty heavy-duty PR campaign against African based religions as well
as Afro Caribbean religions; KNOW YOUR ROOTS.

Gheskio may be the first AIDS research organization in the world and is solidly
backed by Cornell University. Exception proves the rule.

I hear 13,000 US troops on the island but I only saw two sand colored jeeps
today as I drove around town. Indecision??

It almost rained tonight. Light sprinkles. It seems so quiet now. I'm going to try
and find some tents for some of my staff and band tomorrow

I hope the Haitian people and their allies can figure out a way to get this
situation under control. So much to do...Time to say Good Night

Signing out, 1:30 A.M. -- Port-au-Prince, Haiti.