Why Haiti?

Publication date: 
May 2021

That was question asked by Hillary Clinton, then-Secretary of State, when she heard about the earthquake that had devastated Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. It is also the question that echoes all through this booklet. Readers themselves may also at first be asking: Why Haiti? Why Haiti? Why dedicate a whole booklet to Haiti? Maybe the reason is that now, ten years after that cataclysmic earthquake, it is the tiny, invisible country of Haiti that most clearly makes manifest all the injustices and contradictions of our globalization.


Pau Farràs is a secondary-school teacher with a licentiate degree in political science and journalism. His latest book, Els invisibles, portrays the lives of 31 immigrants living in Catalonia; it was written in collaboration with four other journalists.

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