Haiti's "Gold Rush" Promises El Dorad...

Haiti's "Gold Rush" Promises El Dorado - But for Whom?

There are 11 comments on the Inter Press Service story from Jun 27, 2012, titled Haiti's "Gold Rush" Promises El Dorado - But for Whom?. In it, Inter Press Service reports that:

Investors in North America so convinced of the buried treasure, they have already spent 30 million dollars collecting samples, digging, building mining roads and doing aerial surveys.

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Port-au-prince, Haiti

#1 Jun 27, 2012
Please forgive my skepticism, but only very few corrupt officials in Haiti and the foreign companies will ever benefit from the country's resources. The poor inhabitants of the region will get to do the hard work digging out the minerals for a pittance, the authorities will close their eyes as the loot is loaded and shipped away and "THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE" will inherit another ecological disaster just like Miragoâne.

Between 1944 and 1982, Reynolds (US company) was given exclusive rights by the Haitian government to 150,000 hectares near Miragoâne for mining purposes, thousands of families were EXPELLED from their land. The result: 14.227.138 tonnes of bauxite (aluminium) was sent up to Corpus Christi in Texas. Haitian bauxite accounted for almost one-fifth of Reynolds' bauxite acquisition during those years. In almost 40 years of operation Reynolds built one eight-mile road and employed only about 300 people. They abandoned the site and left a gigantic fault line for us in pursuit of cheaper royalties. No Haitians really know who received the supposed royalties and how they were used for the benefit of the nation. My guess is millions ended up in someone's Swiss account miraculously.

The grim history of mining in Haiti has just begun with the new gold rush.
greedalldoom intheend

United States

#2 Jun 27, 2012
That is why haiti will never be nothing to much greed. That is why other nations play haiti like a kid. Haiti can not roll went its come to business. Think what that gold could do for the country if they do it right but they want .other nations already stolen it, just like everything around the world they know who they are.

Bartlesville, OK

#3 Jun 28, 2012
Pit mining will destroy the region, period. The Haitian people need to unite behind the idea of taking their time and doing it right; for themselves. There must me oversight in place before you allow others to excavate your lands. These North American Companies are great excavators but even greater exploiters. They contribute $2 million here and $5 million there, peanuts, for what they rake in. You should accept the fact that the high ranking Haitian government officials have already been paid off; make them accountable. Block all efforts of these companies from working in Haiti until a majority comes to an agreement with the plan forward. I bet a plan for the gold extraction (mining method) has never even been submitted for public scrutiny. Do the people of Haiti have a say regarding percentage of royalties...they should?!

Port-au-prince, Haiti

#4 Jun 28, 2012
Well said! Don't forget these people apparently are our best allies. When they called Haiti "THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE" they do know what they are talking about because they made it so. The treasonists who allowed these evil-minded foreigners to commit thievery on our soil are never been brought to justice by the Haitian people who unfortunately put their trust in them.]

Port-au-prince, Haiti

#5 Jun 28, 2012

I couldn't possibly summed it up so perfectly as you did.

Bartlesville, OK

#6 Jun 28, 2012

From my first visit to Haiti, I was hooked. The food is great, the people who I interacted with were cordial, and there are quite a few beautiful Haitian women, as well. Haiti won my heart and I always stand up for a friend even when the chips are down and the odds are against us. Vive Haiti!

United States

#7 Jun 28, 2012
if indeed there are gold a foreign comp should have full control at least they will build or fix something if the Haitian have control we will just see new S U Vs driving around sadly it's the truth ..

Port-au-prince, Haiti

#8 Jun 28, 2012

Please read my first comment again regarding foreign companies behaviors in Haiti and rethink your proposal.

Do you really think that they should have full control of the gold in Haiti to see an improvement in the lives of the poor citizens? Do you really think that will build or fix something?

This is just one example:

After 40 YEARS in Miragoane, Reynolds (US company) built one road eight (8) MILES LONG or 12KM, employed less than 300 people, but extracted the entire deposit of bauxite: 14,227,138 tonnes, that's over fourteen million tonnes of bauxite, then left an ecological disaster behind, they didn't care to clean up. A huge number of locals were EXPELLED from their properties, today they are living in abject poverty along with the others in the region.

Foreign companies have always been in control of all the natural resources in Haiti from the day Columbus started to ship Haiti's gold, mahogany, etc, etc... to Europe. At least he was a certified thief compared to the traitors who are selling off their own people in Haiti for personal gain.

Do you care for more examples? Next time I'll tell you about the copper saga.

In a nutshell, Haiti made Europe rich then later the others.


United States

#9 Jun 29, 2012
unfortunately I stand with my opinion I was in March after a 10yrs absent It was a disappointed yet an eye opener .I noticed how many Haitians who taking advantage an mistreating eachother in the opinion of many I spoke to are in favor of foreign intervention I dont think they are able to handle a massive project as gold and seen the state of the country it seem were going backward and this coming the ones leaving back home.

United States

#10 Jun 29, 2012
there are 7 Haitian with well over 100 million each in the bank now ask yourself where that gold money would be ....

Port-au-prince, Haiti

#11 Jun 30, 2012
Giving full control of the mines in Haiti to foreign companies would be careless as they will steal everything as usual.

An intelligent way to look at the situation based on previous experiences would be the introduction of rigid mining laws to protect the locals from expulsion from their land, protect the environment, put in place the infrastructure of the regions being exploited and definitely negotiate fair royalties for the nation. Everything should be done in the open, all documents made available to the public and every penny received accounted for.

Otherwise, the Haitian people will never see one cent of their entitlement.

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