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What’s Haiti’s situation, 5 years post-quake?

Though some strides have been made in Haiti since the devastating 2010 earthquake, much remains to be done. Many families still live in Internally Displaced Persons camps with no foreseeable housing solutions. Many people agree that more aid money should have been given to the Haitian government and Haitian organizations but with the current political crisis, it doesn’t seem like that will happen soon. Haiti needs fair, democratic elections as soon as possible, to bring it towards a brighter future.

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5 years after quake, Haiti still on shaky ground

Alan Gomez, USA Today
December 30, 2014


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — After the earthquake swallowed his home and after three years living inside a tent with his wife and two children, Josué Lacrète finally found some peace.

His family is one of 156 chosen to escape the horrific tent cities that covered every inch of open space after that 2010 disaster and move to a new housing development built by the U.S. Agency for International Development and American Red Cross.

Lacrète is thankful for his new house — a sturdy one-bedroom surrounded by plants and flowers donated by foreigners. But he and his neighbors said their freshly painted Haut Damier village was built too far from this capital city to work there, and the promised jobs nearby never materialized.

“A lot of people are professionals here — teachers, lawyers, construction workers,” said Lacrète, 32, a mechanic who had to quit his job at a Port-au-Prince garage when he moved to the new development. “Part of the idea of living here was to take these people and get them jobs in the area. That part has not happened yet.”

As Haiti prepares to mark the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, Lacrète’s problem underscores how this long-impoverished country is still struggling to better the lives of its citizens.

His problem also shows how other nations and aid groups haven’t been able to figure out the best way help Haiti recover despite massive financial support and the best of intentions.


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