In the days after the January earthquake devastated Haiti, residents and business owners opened their pocketbooks to help the crushed nation, giving thousands to the city of North Miami -- purportedly for American Red Cross relief efforts.
Mayor Andre Pierre, who was born in Haiti, flew to the Caribbean nation in July and presented a ceremonial, oversized check to Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.
Yet, nine months later, the $116,300 in donations sits in a city bank account.
Haitian exiles in the City of North Miami raised money for Haiti. North Miami's Haitian exile politicians presented the Haitian prime minister with a big ceremonial check at a major media event. Then, the Haitian exile politicians kept all the money in Miami. As of today, nothing was received by the intended recipients.
Haiti is doomed because even all Haitians exiles in America can't be trusted to properly account for and delivery charitable donations to the Haitian people.