Infant mortality 59.69 / 1000 live births
Life expectancy @ birth 60.78 years
Literacy 52.9 %
GDP per capita $ 1,300
Pop below poverty line 80 %
Infant mortality 25.96/1000 live births
Life expectancy @ birth 73.7 years
Literacy 87 %
GDP per capita $ 8,300
Pop below poverty line 42.2 %
Same island - far different outcomes. Why? Environmental degradation and poor governance in Haiti...
Experts say deforestation in Haiti stretching back to the Duvalier dictatorships -- leaving the nation with less than 2 percent forest cover -- contributes to erosion that undermines food output by the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere....Years of weak government were also a shortcoming.I'd say the writer of the Reuters article was being kind to the Duvaliers by calling their rule 'weak government.' However you classify the goverance of Haiti, its current situation is a reminder to us all that we cannot have a healthy, happy culture and people without thriving ecosystems.