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Four Years Later: Haiti’s Ongoing Post-Earthquake Struggles
Jan 14, 2014 | News
Four Years Later: Haiti’s Ongoing Post-Earthquake Struggles

In the wake of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake the world’s citizens and governments rallied with funding and humanitarian aid -but Haiti’s citizens are languishing under the lingering effects of reconstruction.

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January 12 was the anniversary of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti and shocked the world in 2010. The island nation’s president, Michel Martelly, declared January 12 a of day of “remembrance and reflection.” The Haitian flag was flown at half-staff and many businesses were closed.

Haiti is the most densely populated country in the Western Hemisphere. When the quake hit, thousands of building collapsed, more than 200,000 people died, 300,000 were injured and 1.5 million people were displaced from their homes. Over 150,000 still live in tent cities across the country.

Although the world’s citizens and governments rallied with funding and humanitarian aid in the wake of the natural disaster, recovery is slow and Haiti’s citizens are languishing under the lingering effects of reconstruction. Sanitation and access to clean drinking water, both issues before the earthquake, remain a critical concern. Deforestation and stripping of Haiti’s scarce resources have slowed progress. Malnutrition and infant mortality are skyrocketing, and recent reports indicate that cholera has caused nearly 9,000 deaths.

The introduction of chlolera has been blamed on the United Nations peacekepers deployed to Haiti just after the earthquake. A unit that was exposed to cholera during a mission to Nepal was sent to Haiti, which had never recorded any reports of the disease. UN neither confirms nor denies this accusation.

WURD will continue to highlight Haiti’s road to reconstruction -- including opportunities for investment in Haiti's development. In the video below, CBS Evening News covers the "Haiti Is Open for Business" campaign, which hopes to boost Haiti's profile as a caribbean vacation destination.

Posted By: Andrew Aldridge

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