Haiti Still Recovering Two Years After Earthquake

Port-au-Prince Marks One-Month Anniversary of Devastating Quake

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Tuesday marked the second anniversary of the Magnitude 7 earthquake that destroyed much of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and left around 316,000 people dead. Since then the country has suffered a widespread cholera outbreak and a contested election that saw singer Michel Martelly take the presidency. Thousands of Haitians are still living in makeshift tent shelters and the country has had a tough road to recovery. While three billion dollars was donated to help the country rebuild, only 18 percent of that money ever made it to the Haitian government, according to the United Nations. “The international community showed an incredible amount of generosity towards Haiti,” said Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille. “Unfortunately, the systems weren’t in place to make sure that the funding is channeled in an effective way.”

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