Haiti vignette markets in everything The Ricardo Effect

by on February 20, 2010 at 1:38 am in Current Affairs, Economics | Permalink

Haiti, a nation of 10 million, does not have a single sewage treatment plant. Trucks often simply take the waste to the Troutier trash dump near the slums of Cité Soleil on this city’s edge.

The trucks empty into pits filled with medical waste like intravenous bags and garbage. Smoke billows from burning piles of trash. One truck from a private company, Sanco, with its motto “Fighting for a Clean Environment” emblazoned on its side, did not bother to go to a pit, dumping its cargo of human waste on the open ground.

A squatter community of a dozen families, including some new arrivals whose homes were destroyed in the earthquake, tries to eke out its survival by scavenging in this setting.

…The human waste problem was daunting even before the earthquake. Lacking a municipal sewage system, many families here employ a socially scorned class of nocturnal latrine cleaners known in Creole as the “bayakou.” They descend into latrines to clean excrement with their hands, before transporting it in carts to improvised disposal sites.

The story is here.

Thorfinn February 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Eerily reminiscent of dalits in India, of whom ~1.3 million are doing this today.

pmp February 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Could colonists do any worse at governing Haiti?

Earthship Biotecture January 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm

http://www.earthship.com/haiti
Michael Reynolds describes the contained sewage treatment system and the roof insulation made out of garbage harvested from the streets of Port-au-Prince. This system is inexpensive and easy to build all over the city. This can solve the cholera issue in Haiti and around the world. This contained sewage treatment system alone can spread very quickly, like a virus. Image if we are in Port Au Prince for five weeks building contained sewage treatment systems all over the city. Image how many people would learn this, and teach others and build others…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFP4Q0UDZpU

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