Close

Forgot your password?

Choose a newsletter




Premium access provided by ENSTA

Your premium access provided by ENSTA

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by NRC Q

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to NRC Q.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by EM-LYON

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to EM-LYON.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by Goldsmiths

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to Goldsmiths.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by Worldcrunch HQ

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to Worldcrunch HQ.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by MINES Alès Alumni

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to MINES Alès Alumni.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by ESCP Europe Alumni

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to ESCP Europe Alumni.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by IONIS Education Group

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to IONIS Education Group.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by SOAS University of London

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to SOAS University of London.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by Contact Expats

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 8 weeks thanks to Contact Expats.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by MinnPost

You have been given free premium access to Worldcrunch for 6 months thanks to MinnPost.

Enter your email to begin

Premium access granted to you by Expatica

You've been given FREE premium access to Worldcrunch

Enter your email to begin

Worldcrunch

Why Is Sean Penn Tearing Down Haiti's Presidential Palace?

LE NOUVELLISTE, LE MATIN (Haiti), MIAMI HERALD (US)

Worldcrunch

Bulldozers have started tearing down Haiti's National Palace. Once a symbol of national pride, its crumbling façade has become a constant reminder of the devastating earthquake that hit the country in 2010.

However, as the Palace demolition began on Thursday, the Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste criticized the government for not releasing information pertaining to the funding or completion of the reconstruction project.

The demolition work is being assumed by J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), the aid organization established by American actor Sean Penn. Many Haitians are questioning why J/P HRO, a foreign organization, has been chosen to go ahead with the projects rather than a company from Haiti.

The Miami Herald cited Le Matin's editor, Daley Valet, as saying: "Sean Penn tearing down the National Palace is a reflection of Haiti's vanishing sovereignty [...] The Haitian people have lost control over their destiny. If the international community and their NGOs have succeeded in one thing in Haiti, it is making Haiti anything but a real country with a respectable state.”

The earthquake, which killed more than 300,000 people, nearly toppled the presidential building and forced government workers to move elsewhere.

Le Matin reported that Haitian President Michel Martelly said that his priority has long been to find new quarters for those displaced by the disaster, however, the reconstruction of the nation's monuments can now restore the people's pride.

Sign up for our Worldcrunch Weekly newsletter now


Be a part of the conversation. Click to show comments
About this article source Website:

Load More Stories

Unlimited access to exclusive journalism, the best world news source across all your devices

Subscribe Now Photo of Worldcrunch on different devices

Your premium access to Worldcrunch is provided by

University of Central Lancashire

Please register to begin


By registering you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.