Nearly five years after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, there are many new buildings and construction projects in Haiti. On the other hand, tens of thousands are still living in internally displaced persons camps erected after the earthquake. The construction projects proclaim that “Haiti is moving forward” (Haiti ap vanse) but which part of Haiti will that be?
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Five years after the earthquake, reconstruction still a distant dream for many Haitians
Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent
December 18, 2014
When the 2010 earthquake struck the Port-au-Prince area, the international community rallied and raised billions of dollars for the reconstruction and development of Haiti. In the first few months after the earthquake, celebrities flew to Haiti on their private jets, major financial institutions pledged copious amounts of money and world leaders routinely pledged their commitment to helping Haiti build back better.
As the 5th anniversary of the earthquake approaches, though, that frenzy around the effort to rebuild Haiti has died down. The media moved on, donor pledges fell short and the rehabilitation of Port-au-Prince and its suburbs has left a lot to be desired.
In Port-au-Prince, men work on a new fish market and hospital. On Champs De Mars, where the National Palace stood before the earthquake toppled it, construction is in full swing. The tent camp in the area that had risen up after the earthquake was cleared away — forcing many inhabitants to live with relatives or hastily built shoddy shacks. Though the number of displaced has diminished from 1.5 million, tens of thousands of Haitians are still living in camps.
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