Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti’s Unnatural Disaster

International Herald Tribune August 23, 2012 The tropical storm bearing down this week on Haiti threatens to add more layers of misery in a country that has been awash in suffering since the 2010 earthquake. Two-and-a-half years and billions of dollars later, the most basic necessity — safe, permanent shelter — remains out of reach for hundreds of thousands of the displaced. Government officials and aid groups on Thursday had little to offer the most vulnerable Haitians as time ran out, besides asking people to remain calm as they braced for the storm’s impact. The 390,000 people whose homes are plastic sheets and sticks, or battered tents, or quake-damaged houses long ago condemned as too dangerous to occupy and impossible to repair, could not have been comforted. The slogan “Build back better” — so often repeated as the principle guiding the […]

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