Three Years After Devastating Earthquake in Haiti
Three years after a monstrous earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 250,000 people and leaving at least one million homeless on January 12, there is a mixed report card on the country’s reconstruction.
Its content runs the game from satisfaction and high expectations to frustration and disappointment.
To former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, the glass is more than half full. “I think you will see, particularly in the economic sphere, a lot more in the coming year, where Haiti is projected to have the highest growth rate in the Caribbean” was the way Clinton put it in Port-au-Prince as government and people paused to reflect on the tragedy that struck the Caribbean nation on January 12., 2010.“Well, we hope to speed up some of the infrastructure. We have to repair the agriculture and build more houses. We’ve got to get people out of tents.”
On the streets of New York, whether in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan or the Bronx where Haitians and other Caribbean immigrants can be found in droves, heading to or from work, home, church or community centers any minute of the day or night, the reaction on the third anniversary was mixed.
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