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01 Feb 2011 description
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By William Booth

Washington Post Foreign Service

Tuesday, February 1, 2011; 10:24 PM

IN PORT-AU-PRINCE In the days after the earth shook and the government collapsed, the municipal nursing home here became one of the most desperate sights in Haiti, as old people lay swaddled in dirty sheets, huddled in cramped tents, begging visitors for water.

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03 Nov 2010 description
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Jaroslav Valuch, of online open-source project Ushahidi Haiti, on the future of humanitarian response and why you should 'trust the crowd.'

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04 Apr 2010 description
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By Manuel Roig-Franzia

Sunday, April 4, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Mud invades every inch of the saggy handmade tent Mimose Pierre-Louis now calls home.

It spatters the pink bedsheet that serves as her wall, crawls up the acacia branch that plays the role of wobbly tent pole and forms the floor she lies on. Near one end of the tent, a steep slope leads several hundred yards up to the Petionville Club, where elites once played tennis and luxuriated poolside with rum sours. A foot from the other, the earth drops 15 feet into a stinking canal turned open sewer since the Jan.

31 Mar 2010 description
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By Mary Beth Sheridan

Washington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An internal Obama administration assessment concludes that the U.S. government has provided $4 billion in aid to Haiti since 1990 but "struggled to demonstrate lasting impact," according to a summary of the review, which has not been publicly released.

On Wednesday, at an international donor conference, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to outline U.S. plans to spend an additional $1 billion or so to rebuild the earthquake-devastated nation.

This time, U.S.

25 Mar 2010 description
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By Lois Romano

Washington Post Staff Writer

Jerry and Marlon Bitar are prominent Haitian surgeons, identical twins who have done everything together for all of their 48 years. They both studied medicine in France, returned to Haiti in 2000 to take over a clinic serving low-income patients, and built a separate private practice that has given them national prominence and paid the bills.

In the weeks following the deadly Jan. 12 earthquake, they worked 18-hour days side by side, performing 900 surgeries and amputations free of charge between both of them.

22 Feb 2010 description
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By Henri E. Cauvin

PETIONVILLE, HAITI -- Here on the hills above Port-au-Prince, a vision for a very different capital city is taking shape.

In a loft of architectural offices, a map of greater Port-au-Prince promises a reordering of the country's historic capital, overtaken long ago by sprawl and slums and struck last month by a cataclysmic earthquake.

"Expressway" is etched along the city's winding seaboard. "New Housing Area" is written over a swath of undeveloped land far from the detritus of downtown.

07 Feb 2010 description
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By Henri E. Cauvin

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Haiti's criminal justice system was brought to a standstill by last month's earthquake, which leveled the capital city's courthouse. But crime did not stop, and that has left police commanders with jail cells full of frustrated inmates who have not been given a chance to go before a judge.

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06 Feb 2010 description
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By David Brown

Washington Post Staff Writer

Saturday, February 6, 2010; A07

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Landina Seignon's arm had been removed an inch below her shoulder. Like most performed in the week after the earthquake, hers was a "guillotine amputation" -- a straight cut through flesh and bone that left little cushion for an artificial arm.

The best chance for the 3-month-old to ever use a prosthesis was to get her to a plastic surgeon who could create a new, softer ending for her stump.

03 Feb 2010 description
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THE MASSIVE international response to Haiti's earthquake has brought more than $2 billion in aid to the stricken Caribbean nation, by the United Nations' reckoning. That's a stunning figure, but it comes with a giant asterisk: So far, the vast majority of the aid, more than 85 percent, has been earmarked or promised but not yet delivered or disbursed.

That's not as shocking as it may sound; after all, channeling $2 billion into a country as poor and broken as Haiti takes time, and if done too quickly it might cause new problems.

01 Feb 2010 description
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By David Brown

Monday, February 1, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- How do you find out what the Haitian people really need now, nearly three weeks after the earthquake?

29 Jan 2010 description
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Joachim von Amsberg, the World Bank's country director for Indonesia since 2007, analyses parallels between the recovery after the tsunami in Indonesia's Aceh province and the earthquake in Haiti:

"Aceh's experience provides hope that at least the physical and economic damage from natural disasters can be overcome. Hope that out of the desperation of disaster can come the desire for reconciliation after conflict and for establishing an effective state or nation that can address the challenge of rebuilding.

14 Jan 2010 description

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on Tuesday occurred along a strike-slip fault, the same type as California's San Andreas fault. Pressure had probably been building for centuries.