By Bianca Silva
Fed up with corruption and lack of transparency, people inside and outside Haiti are turning to Twitter to ask the question “Where’s the money?” using the hashtag #PetroCaribeChallenge.
The social media campaign follows an investigative report released by the Haitian senate commission in late 2017 where more than a dozen Haitian officials were accused of embezzling $2 billion from Petrocaribe funds provided by Venezuela between 2008 and 2016 that could’ve gone toward rebuilding the country following the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The origins of the #PetroCaribeChallenge hashtag can be traced to August 14 when filmmaker Gilbert Mirambeau tweeted a photo of himself blindfolded and holding a carton saying “Kot Kob Petro Caribe A?” expressing his concern for the 11 million people lacking access to housing and proper healthcare.
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