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Haitians rebuild homes while waiting for aid

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Haitians rebuild homes while waiting for aid


As the world decides how best to rebuild earthquake-shattered Haiti, survivors have already started reconstructing the homes they lost.

Some in Port-au-Prince complain that they have still had no help from aid agencies. So they have grabbed what tools and material they can find and used what remaining strength they have to do the job themselves.

“I am trying to do it on my own because I am sleeping outside,” said one man. “There is no one here to help me.”

An estimated 1.5 million people were left homeless by the quake. Amid an appeal for tents, there are warnings that stronger structures will be needed to face the start of the rains in April and hurricanes in June.

Recovery plans for Haiti were discussed at a special international conference in Canada.

“It was not a meeting just for lamenting or showing compassion. It was a work meeting for tomorrow,” France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told reporters. “This work, this determination – we will show it with out Haitian friends.”

But as an second donors conference is organised for March in New York, the urgent task of distributing food continues in the disaster zone.
Some of the handouts in the capital have turned unruly, forcing UN peacekeepers and Haitian police to fire shots in the air to restore order in the starving crowd.

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