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12 Jan 2015 description
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Posted by Eoghan Rice

The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th 2010 was not the most powerful earthquake of recent years but in terms of fatalities no similar event comes close to matching its devastating impact.

Earthquakes rarely result in mass casualties. Although earthquakes themselves are reasonably common, only a handful over the last decade have resulted in widespread loss of life.

18 Jan 2012 description
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Here in Haiti, everybody has a story to tell about the day of the January 2010 earthquake. Everybody lost somebody.

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Posted by Alan Whelan

Below I've picked 11 of our most striking photos from a busy 2011, representing Trócaire's work responding to emergencies in Haiti, East Africa and Pakistan and our long term development work in Honduras, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine and Zimbabwe.


12 Jan 2011 description
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By Mike Williams, Head of Trócaire's International Department

On the road from Port-au-Prince airport into Haiti's capital city, there is one sight which is a constant on the landscape: tents. In Port-au-Prince, tents are everywhere. Twelve months after the earthquake which killed 250,000 and left 1.3 million homeless, close to one million people are still living in tents around the city.

So, one year after the international community pledged billions to the rescue effort, why is this still the case?

12 Jan 2011 description
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Broadcaster Lorraine Keane visited Haiti in December. Here, she recalls what she saw.

Haiti has always been a poor country, but when an earthquake struck this small and vulnerable island in the Caribbean on the 12th of January 2010, the people lost the little they had. Lost homes, lost incomes, lost lives - 300,000 dead, over a million homeless. Some towns losing up to 90% of their infrastructure.

Last month I visited Haiti for the first time. I was shocked to see, that 12 months on, very little has changed. It's as if this earthquake just happened.

10 Jan 2011 description
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The Haitian government needs to provide increased leadership and step-up its efforts to re-house the one million people living in camps one year after the country was struck by a massive earthquake, Trocaire has warned.

It called on the international community to support the Haitian authorities in ensuring the money pledged for Haiti's reconstruction was well spent.

05 Jan 2011 description
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On January 12, 2010, Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, was ripped apart by an earthquake. In less than one minute, tens of thousands of people were killed and many more left homeless.

The Irish people responded to this disaster by donating a staggering €8m to Trócaire.

12 Jul 2010 description
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Date published: Mon, 2010-07-12 02

When January's earthquake ripped through Haiti, 1.5 million people lost their homes. Most, around 900,000, stayed in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and are still living in camps on every available piece of land.

But 600,000 fled the city. Some in the immediate days after the earthquake, others after a few weeks when life on the streets or in the camps became unbearable.

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Pétionville Club is an old golf club, and until six months ago it was the haven of Port-au-Prince's elite who would come for a round of golf and a meal. After the earthquake, it became the centre of the global response when 100,000 people who had lost their homes flocked to its open spaces to set up camp.

In the early days, it was a scene of unmitigated chaos and squalor.

21 Apr 2010 description
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100 days ago, Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, and one of the most densely-populated cities in the world, was flattened by January 12's earthquake. The devastation was apocalyptic in scale: whole neighbourhoods reduced to tangles of rubble and steel and the smell of death hung heavy in the air.

19 Feb 2010 description
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Last weekend, Haitians across the country took time to observe the one-month marker of the earthquake in a three-day period of prayer. Singing could be heard across the city from formal and make-shift churches, in camps and settlements, as people walked to and from prayer service, and even in the offices where Trócaire is working, where a handful of Haitian staff worked over the weekend.

It is now more than five weeks since the earthquake ripped Haiti apart.

29 Jan 2010 description
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Written by Catherine Ginty on Fri, 2010-01-29 16:50

Over two weeks after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti more than 96,000 people have received food and water while 19,000 people have received tents and shelter from Irish aid agency Trócaire and the international Caritas network. Trócaire/ Caritas has also helped 2,626 men, woman and children who needed medical care and another 2,000 families have been given essential hygiene kits.

Caritas is the second largest humanitarian organisation in the world, after the Red Cross.

27 Jan 2010 description
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Written by Catherine Ginty on Wed, 2010-01-27 10:48

'Scenes of riots at a food distribution centre in Haiti last night don't represent the aid effort as a whole' according to Trócaire's Conor O'Loughlin, who is currently in Port-au-Prince.

UN troops sprayed tear gas at a frantic crowd of thousands yesterday outside the ruined presidential palace in Port au Prince.

26 Jan 2010 description
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The earthquake which struck Haiti on the evening of January 12 is being billed as one of the world's ten deadliest and it is feared that hundreds of thousands of people have been killed with millions more injured or left homeless. Trócaire has worked in Haiti for almost twenty years and, with partners already on the ground, has been involved in the emergency response since the earthquake hit. Working as part of the Caritas Internationalis network of agencies, the second largest aid network in the world, Trócaire is well placed and able to respond to the disaster.

25 Jan 2010 description
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Church collections were held in at least six dioceses this weekend to support Trócaire's Haiti appeal. Parishes in the dioceses of Cork and Ross, Killaloe, Down and Connor, Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Ferns and Clonfert held special collections at masses to benefit the survivors of the devastating earthquake almost two weeks ago.

Trócaire, through our partners in Haiti, church aid agencies from around the world, will deliver almost 100 tonnes of food to Port au Prince this week to feed at least 50,000 people in one of the city's biggest camps, Petionville Club.

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Written by Conor OLoughlin on Wed, 2010-01-20 18:30

Search and Rescue teams working with the Trócaire/Caritas joint response in Haiti rescued two women from the rubble in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, a week after the earthquake devastated the Caribbean country.

Search and Rescue teams working with the Trócaire/Caritas joint response in Haiti rescued two women from the rubble in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, a week after the earthquake devastated the Caribbean country.

This morning, the team pulled Enu Zizi from the ruins of the Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. The rescue took two hours.

20 Jan 2010 description
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Written by Alan Whelan on Wed, 2010-01-20 12:12

Trócaire is responding to the Haiti crisis through the Caritas network. Caritas has begun major aid distributions in Haiti. Rose St-Preux says this is the first aid they've received. Jos de Voogd reports from Haiti.

Caritas will have its first major distribution this week.

So far distributions have been on a small scale because of security. But if you can secure an area you can scale up.

The information I get keeps on changing. We start off with the message of three trucks coming over, two with water and one with food.

18 Jan 2010 description
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Written by Alan Whelan on Mon, 2010-01-18 10:33

We are responding to the Haiti crisis through the Caritas network.

As donations continue to pour in from a generous Irish public, Trócaire and our partners have already managed to reach around 5,000 people in Haiti with emergency medical supplies such as gauze and syringes, hygiene kits and water.

The speedy response was possible because we have worked in Haiti with partner organisations for a number of years, said Trócaire Emergency Director Maurice McQuillan.

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Written by Conor OLoughlin

Trócaire has committed an initial €200,000 to the emergency response in Haiti as its partners tell of "bodies everywhere on the streets of the capital" and it emerges that up to three million people could be in need of life-saving assistance, the aid agency said today.

One of Trócaire's main partners on the ground, Caritas Haiti, has begun providing first aid, tents and blankets to survivors of Tuesday night's earthquake.