A December 21 accord, brokered by key Haitian actors, offers an inclusive and transparent architecture to address the country’s longstanding ills.
The headlines from Haiti have been so bad for so long that few get the world’s attention anymore. It seems like nearly every day there are stories of dozens being killed in the country’s capital or of the U.S. Coast Guard stopping hundreds of Haitian migrants from reaching U.S. shores. Then there are the more ominous headlines that say war or even a Rwanda-style massacre are approaching amid the country’s “nightmarish conditions.” With Haiti’s situation seemingly more intractable than ever, some observers have wondered if the world is simply tired of trying to help. But at the end of last year, an underreported agreement was forged by Haitians — injecting a glimmer of hope that the country could go down a new path.