One year on and the first anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake is being seen as a chance to assess progress on rebuilding.
Despite the international promises, little has changed. Tens of thousands of people, especially in the capital Port-au-Prince, still live without proper shelter.
For many Haitians, hopes that their nation could rise from the rubble have given way to despair. More than a quarter of a million people perished on that catastrophic day.
Speaking to euronews, Haiti’s President Rene Preval said: ‘‘We have one and a half million people who are still sleeping rough. It’s a difficult situation and reconstruction is going to take time.”
He continued: “We must also at the same time not invest everything in Port-au-Prince. It’s the moment to found Haiti again. That means dealing with these provinces which were abandoned for such a long time.’‘
Despite billions of euros being pledged in international aid, former US president Bill Clinton – the UN’s special envoy to Haiti – has admitted his frustration at the slow rate of reconstruction. It is hoped 2011 will be very different, despite the fact the Caribbean nation remains in the throes of a cholera outbreak.
Focus on reconstruction as Haiti marks quake one year on