Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010 affected almost 3.5 million people, including the entire population of 2.8 million people living in the capital, Port-au- Prince. The Government of Haiti estimates that the earthquake killed 222,570 and injured another 300,572 people. Displacement peaked at close to 2.3 million people, including 302,000 children. At least 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake. Sixty per cent of Government and administrative buildings, 80 per cent of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60 per cent of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged. Total earthquake-related loss is estimated at $7.8 billion, equivalent to more than 120 per cent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product. (UN General Assembly, 2 Sep 2011)
According to the Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti 2014 an estimated 172,000 people remained internally displaced in Haiti in 306 camps at the end of 2013, almost four years after the earthquake. Basic services in camps, including WASH and health, had declined faster than the pace of return or relocation of the displaced. 16,377 displaced families living in 52 camps were considered at high risk of forced evictions. Almost 80,000 people lived in 67 camps considered to be at particularly high risk of flooding, with an additional 30 camps at additional environmental risks.
By mid-2014, an estimated 104,000 people remained internally displaced in 172 camps. Almost 70,000 IDPs were not currently targeted by any return or relocation programs. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) By Sep, 85,432 people remained internally displaced in 123 camps. (IOM, 8 Oct 2014)
Mark Schneider, The Miami Herald | 21 Jul 2011
More than two months after his inauguration, Haitian President Michel Martelly still does not have a new government in place. The Parliament rejected his first candidate for prime minister and appears likely to do the same with his second nominee.
Earthquake survivors are being smuggled across the border, then put to work as prostitutes, peddlers and beggars.
BY GERARDO REYES AND JACQUELINE CHARLES
BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic -- After several days of going hungry, Marie said she surrendered to sexual propositions made by several men in the park where she begged in this resort town in the south of the Dominican Republic.
Marie, 12, said she had sex with ''many'' of those men, sometimes for a dollar, while her cousins, 13 and 10, …
BY HENNING ENGELAGE
Haitian children who lost limbs in January's earthquake now have a chance to receive prosthetics and slowly return to everyday life with the help of a new program.
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization, announced this week it intends to fund a program administered by the University of Miami/Medishare hospital in Port-au-Prince.
''Hope for Haiti's Children'' will provide prosthetic limbs and therapy over the next two years to the …
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES
Haitian President René Préval is being urged to move faster to schedule presidential and parliamentary elections in an earthquake-battered Haiti or risk losing the confidence of the U.S. Congress.
The warning comes from a high-ranking influential member of Congress, who in an eight-page report obtained by The Miami Herald, calls for Préval, whose presidential mandate ends in 2011, to ''issue the appropriate decree establishing an official date for presidential and parliamentary …
BY LAURA FIGUEROA
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Flies swarmed around Christiane Carystil's inflamed leg, yet despite her moans for help, there wasn't much the 87-year-old could do to get anyone's attention.
Even outside the crumbled remains of the Asile Communale -- the city's main senior nursing home -- personal attention is hard to come by for many elderly trying to survive in a post-earthquake society.
Taking a cue from other popular microlending sites that connect people directly to business owners looking for a capital, a new website is hoping to connect the Haitian diaspora directly to business people in Haiti who want financial help.
Zafèn is a partnership between Fonkoze, Haiti's largest microfinance organization, and DePaul University, which wanted to create the site as part of its 350th anniversary of the death of St.
Microfinance organizations are working to lift Haiti out of poverty one tiny loan at a time.
BY NIALA BOODHOO
CABARET, Haiti -- Ask Clanise Paul how to spell her name, and the talkative 27 year-old pauses for a moment before explaining she can't read or write.
But ask her how she operates her business, and she doesn't hesitate to explain the intricate details of how before the January earthquake, she made a hefty profit by selling juice and other food on the side of the road.