As the 2010 Humanitarian Action Report
(HAR) was going to press in January, Haiti was struck by the strongest
earthquake it had experienced in more than two centuries. Already the poorest
country in the western hemisphere, Haiti was left reeling with more than
3 million people affected, 220,000 dead and some 1.2 million homeless.
Just weeks after, a catastrophic 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook Chile on
27 February, affecting more than two million people, making 370,000 houses
unliveable, and destroying thousands of schools. Most recently, more than