It’s strange to be apart from this blog for so long. This happened because I am having to dedicate an enormous among of time to my Ph.D. dissertation so I barely think of using a computer during any free time I get.
Port-au-Prince in 2007
My big deception with destiny regarding what is happening in Haiti is now emotionally controlled and I feel better to talk about that too. A week has passed since the big earthquake and I can’t even imagine what people there have been through. These kind of natural disasters seam so unfair to me and make me to remember the little importance of our species to the planet and to life ultimately.
I have been to Haiti a couple of years ago and was planning a return in the next weeks (I went to the office of Copa Airlines before Christmas to book a ticket for the 20th of January, tomorrow). My goal had been the search for innovative entrepreneurs acting in Haiti and studying the obstacles they have faced to be able to establish their entrepreneurial ventures there, contributing to the academic debate on entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Haiti was considered as having one of the worst scenarios for establishing any kind of human organization in the world, considered by many scholars as a real “laboratory” for social scientists.
I went there first to find out about the existence of innovative business ventures and then to see how entrepreneurs, despite of all the massive hurdles they face, were able to start really innovative organizations, some with potential to succeed in any current market of the world.
Hotel Montana in December 2007
Being there was incredible for me, witness their reality was a sad thing even for a person who had lived or visited the poorest places of Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Johannesburg and Kolkata. Port-au-Prince was different. It was different in many aspects, usually for worse. The lack of safety and very basic things like water, electricity, food or clean air to breath worried me. All foreigners that I met there in 2007 felt that the country was constantly at the border of a generalized collapse in all political and social structures, given that situation. Now we will never know what would be of Haiti without this earthquake but we can be sure that the life of almost 10 million people living in the country will get even more delicate than before, as if it was possible.
In my oppinion, the worst thing about all of that is that there is not leadership available in any country of the world today to refund the Republic of Haiti, neither there. Only bureaucrats and politicians are taking care of them now. I hope they can get through althought I am afraid Haiti is about the become in the next years a real “laboratory of hell” for social scientists.
Pictures show Port-au-Prince when I landed there in December 2007 and the beautiful Hotel Montana (one of the best of the city), now completely destroyed as seen at CNN.
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