12 January 2011

The Plight Of The Haitians

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians lost their lives and millions lost their homes in an earthquake that flattened much of the capital Port-Au-Prince in January 2010.

The international community pledged US$12 billion to help rebuild Haiti.  Of the US$2 billion that was supposed to arrive in 2010, only US$1.3 billion actually arrived.

Piles of rubble clog the streets.  At the current rate, some have estimated that it will take 20 years simply to clean up the mess.  Nearly a million people still live in about 1,300 makeshift refugee camps, which are beginning to look permanent.

Even before the earthquake, Haiti was already the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  Some people hoped that the earthquake would offer the country the opportunity for a new beginning.  One year on, it seems that nothing has changed, or will change.

Perhaps, we should not be surprised.

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