Waste Watchers

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has no sewage system. It’s one of the few densely populated cities of its size where people still use outhouses and throw waste in the canals and waterways. Unsurprisingly, Haiti also has a problem with contaminated water and disease.

These issues attracted international donors in recent years who funded open-air sewage treatment plants, but the country’s lack of infrastructure and stumbling bureaucracy stalled progress.

In collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, an NPR investigation by Rebecca Hersher explores the lack of governance, floods, diseases introduced by well-meaning volunteers and a host of other complications that continue to contribute to Haiti’s never-ending sewage build-up.

Source: NPR Goats & Soda

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