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Petition to world leaders, the IMF, and development banks:
In the wake of the earthquake, we call on you to cancel Haiti's $641 million debt and ensure that earthquake aid comes as grants, not loans. Haiti's scarce funds must be used to help its people, not lenders.

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As Haiti begins to receive desperately needed funds to cope with the earthquake, it still owes hundreds of millions of dollars in debt -- a legacy of loans from global financial institutions and donor nations to unelected governments of years past.

If these debts aren't cancelled, Haiti will be sending tens of millions to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and IMF even as it struggles to rescue and rebuild.

Sign the petition below, and Avaaz will deliver it to the IDB, the IMF, and donor governments like the United States to urge them to cancel the debt immediately -- and to make sure that earthquake relief doesn't create a new debt burden:

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