Haiti’s government may be set to unveil its plans for sheltering the country’s 1.2 million people left homeless by last month’s devastating earthquake. Utah State University Political Science Professor and Latin American Specialist William Furlong says things were about as bad as they cold get before the earthquake because Haiti has had a rough history and some bad leaders through the years. “I’m really very pessimistic about the short run and the long run unless the international community is willing to stay in Haiti for several years,” Furlong says. “They need to improve their agriculture. They need to restore the land to some kind of a productive capability. “It’s the most highly-densely populated country in Latin America and yet it’s an agricultural country.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk Thursday, Furlong said most families are trying to live off what they get from half acres of land that have not been productive for many years. Furlong says the U.S. will be much better off if Haiti does not become a failed state because it is only a few hundred miles away.
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