You would think at a time like this, even the most corrupt person would allow aid to pass without delay to those who need it most in Haiti. But, I guess even the most tragic of situations will be taken advantage of by somebody.
One excerpt from the article describes how a local official demanded bribes in exchange for coupons for bags of donated food. In addition to the history of colonialism, I think this story reflects one of the many contributions to the profound poverty in Haiti. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6120522.stmA small corrupt group takes advantage of their authority for their own benefit, all the while driving their country even further into the desperate poverty initially created by outside influences.