Haiti, Four Years After the Earthquake

It was just four years ago that the ground shook Haiti, leaving its land devastated and its people in need of basic human services.

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On January 12, 2010 after the 7.2 magnitude quake hit, over 300,000 were dead and 1.5 million homeless. Help has come and gone, but the people still fight on, determined to turn this catastrophe into an opportunity for improvements.

Today, Haitians are still attempting to rebuild their lives and their communities. The issues of housing, healthcare, economy, and social justice have never been more important. There are many problems to address and work still to be done before the 2010 earthquake victims may say they live in dignified and quality conditions.

Below are some great articles on what's happening in post earthquake Haiti today. Please click on the link to read the full story and stay informed on issues in Haiti.

Miami Herald

"Four years after the earthquake, Haiti looks to turn disaster into promise" By Jacqueline Charles

An arid land, Canaan — named after the Biblical town — has become a squatters’ paradise of mushrooming construction of makeshift shacks and concrete homes, with quake victims, land speculators and ordinary Haitians seeking opportunities.

[READ the full story here]

The Nation

"Haiti's Women Need More Than a Trickle of Aid Money" By Michelle Chen

It’s been four years since Port-au-Prince collapsed, and Haiti’s women are still working through the damage—both physical and mental—left by the catastrophic 2010 earthquake and its aftermath. The cameras and reporters have gone, but the twinned scourges of violence and exploitation continue to haunt Haiti’s ruins.

[READ the full story here]

Help for Haiti

"Douz Janvyè" By Pooja Bhatia

Half of American households donated to relief efforts after Haiti’s Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, but the country is still struggling. Here’s what real help would look like.

[READ the full article here]

GlobalPost

"Four years after the Haiti earthquake, what have billions in US aid bought?" By Jacob Kushner

In the four years since Haiti’s disastrous earthquake, the United States has promised $3.6 billion in aid, at least $2.8 billion of which has already been spent.

Has it helped? GlobalPost examined more than one dozen studies and audits to estimate how much of that money made it through US government and NGO bureaucracies to the ground in Haiti — and what good it did there.

[READ the full story here]

Partners In Health

"Investing in Haiti: The Economic Impact of University Hospital"

Nearly a year after officially opening, University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, is proving to be a transformative force. Beyond the obvious impact of improved health outcomes, the hospital—the largest post-earthquake reconstruction project completed to date in Haiti’s public health sector—is a catalyst for economic development in one of the country’s least developed regions.

[READ the full article here]

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Press Release

"Four Years after Earthquake, Housing, Sanitation, Health Care are Still Pressing Needs in Haiti"

Co-Director Mark Weisbrot noted that while some 200,000 people are still stuck in internally displaced person (IDP) camps, and many others have been forcibly evicted onto the streets – and while under-funded sanitation and health care allow a cholera epidemic to continue to ravage the country -- many of the urgently-needed funds meant to assist the people of Haiti have gone instead into the pockets of contractors, or have been used to fund projects that benefit foreign corporations far more than they do Haitians.

[READ this public statement and many others here.]

US Congressman, John Conyers Jr. Press Release

“As we approach the fourth anniversary of the tragic earthquake that devastated Haiti, much work remains to be done to rebuild and rehabilitate the Caribbean nation. Unfortunately, this effort has been imperiled since October 2010, when United Nations peacekeepers operating out of a base camp nearby Port au Prince inadvertently introduced cholera to the Haitian people. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Haitians have been hospitalized, and thousands of Haitians have died. The UN has a moral and legal obligation to repair the harm resulting from its peacekeeping operations,” said Conyers.

[READ the full statement here]