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What connects Haiti President Michel Martelly, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Dr. Paul Farmer and fashion designer Donna Karan? Find out tonight when all are guests on "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9pmET/PT. "I think people were quite shocked when I went down originally," said Karan of her work in Haiti and with her company Urban Zen. "What I was able to do was work with the artisans."
Martelly discussed the development of his country. "The Rwanda model is a model we're following very closely," he said. Watch the full interview tonight – 9pmET/PT. And find out more below...
"Piers Morgan Tonight" intern Morkeh Blay-Tofey writes about the backstory:
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rippled through Port au Prince, Haiti leaving in its wake total destruction of national monuments, thousands of deaths, and a small Caribbean nation that has had its share of prior struggles in complete disarray. Governments and NGO’s alike have pledged millions of dollars of immediate aid to Haiti after the devastating earthquake. However, long-term solutions are essential to Haitian musician turned president Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly; solutions that drive the nation towards sustained progress, which was successful for another nation in a similar vein of carnage. Mid-July of 1994 saw the end of arguably the worst 100 days on earth for Rwanda – 800,000 people slaughtered, growing civil unrest, and uncertainty towards what may become of this central African nation. Fast-forward to today and Rwanda has achieved success on its own terms through the effective yet controversial policies of President Paul Kagame. His promotion for a national identity of self-reliance through private enterprise and free markets has brought Rwanda numerous compliments.
Fortunately, Haiti is not alone in its development. Nobody knows the squalid condition of Haiti pre and post earthquake better than physician and U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer. He founded the organization Partners in Health (PIH) in the country on the basis of doing whatever it takes to make people in need well through medical care and social services. PIH is currently one of the largest providers of health in Haiti and now has clinics in Peru and Rwanda. Through his outgoing personality and fervent use of the pen, Dr. Farmer is pushing for a Haiti-Rwanda Commission and he has a new book out “Haiti After the Earthquake." In the fashion world, Donna Karan is a very influential figure through her clothing company Donna Karan International. But also through her Hope, Help and Rebuild Haiti (HHRH) organization, she is a player in the ongoing development of the struggling nation. What can Haiti learn from Rwanda? How will Haiti build its own self-reliance? What can the international community do help Haiti beyond financial aid?