Chavez Helps Haiti
Photo by John Carroll
Southern Haiti, 2010
Posted on Mon, Jul. 05, 2010
Venezuela major donor of assistance to Haiti
BY JIM WYSS
Venezuela's first flag was stitched together on the shores of Haiti in 1806 before being carried across the Caribbean by revolutionary hero Francisco de Miranda. Ten years later, Latin America's founding father, Simón Bolívar, would set sail from Haiti loaded with guns and Haitian soldiers on his way to liberate much of South America from the Spanish.
It's a historical debt that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez says his country will never be able to repay. But in the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake, the South American nation seems bent on doing just that.read more