Haitian anger at slow pace of post-quake reconstruction

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Haitian anger at slow pace of post-quake reconstruction

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Two years to the day since a powerful earthquake killed more than 300,000 people, Haiti is slowing trying to rebuild homes for those affected by the disaster.

It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people were left homeless.

Haiti’s foreign minister wants more help from abroad to rebuild their lives.

“Now that the emergency period is over, we are asking them to re-engage in assisting us to rebuild for the long-term. And re-build well,” Laurent Lamothe said in an interview.

Opposition politicians say there is little evidence of aid donations yielding real results.

Frustrated by that slow progress, a group of Hollywood stars helped build the country’s first free secondary school.

Penelope Cruz and Clint Eastwood were among those who have bankrolled the Academy of Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince.

President Michel Martelly has said he wants to tax mobile phone calls and money transfers into the country from Haitians abroad as a means of raising funds for construction projects.