The current outpouring of donations to aid the people of Haiti in the wake of last month’s devastating earthquake will certainly benefit them in the short term. However, the country is also faced with a crippling national debt accrued after years of mismanagement by a string of corrupt dictators. Today the figure stands at $890 million, with millions due to be repaid this year alone. This debt will seriously affect the country for decades to come. Ciara Gaynor, head of campaigns at TrÃ³caire, said that “it will take decades for Haiti to recover from the earthquake. The country must not be faced with the additional massive burden of debt repayments. Any emergency earthquake assistance must be in the form of grants, not loans, which will only increase Haiti’s debt burden in the long run.”
To highlight this issue, TrÃ³caire will host a special concert at Dublin’s Vicar St venue on Thursday, February 11th. Guests on the night will include Cathy Davy, Julie Feeney, Villagers, The Chapters, The Chakras and many more.
Tickets are €20 from Ticketmaster and usual outlets, with proceeds going to TrÃ³caire’s Earthquake Appeal. Doors open at 7.30pm.