This week’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Port Au Prince, the capitol of Haiti, is possibly the biggest natural catastrophe I have ever experienced in my lifetime. The death toll as of now is being estimated between 100.000 and 500.000 people.

Haiti, with a population of 9 million people, is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. It is politically unstable and thoroughly corrupt. It has a high rate of crime, violence, and it systematically abuses human rights.

I heard a well known TV commentator say that Haiti wouldn’t be this poor if they only would apply strong discipline, because the country, according to him, would attract a lot of tourism and prosper like its neighboring Dominican Republic with its numerous vacation resorts. He said that one of Haiti’s tourist attractions would be their rich cultural history including the practice of voodoo. Then I thought to myself that that is precisely the reason why Haiti is in such a devastating mess [...]