An Overview of Events in Haiti From the Earthquake to the Present

I think everyone remembers what happened in January of 2010 in Haiti. A massive, 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in the capitol city of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas.  According to sources, this was the worst earthquake in the region in 200 years. The damage to the buildings and infrastructure was devastating. The loss of life catastrophic. Shortly after the quake, the United States took control of the ports in an attempt to ensure the arrival of aid to the effected people.

By March, people the world over pledged $5.3 billion in donations for reconstruction efforts at a conference held at the U.N. headquarters. This was on top of all of the monies already donated by people via text and through organizations such as World Vision.

But reconstruction was slow.  Anger began to grow in July 2010, merely six months after the quake.  But, on top of all this, beginning in October, there occurred a cholera outbreak. 2,500 people died and the result was violent protests.  Foreign aid workers were blamed for bringing the disease into the country from outside. And, in this still unsettled climate, the presidential election was held, the results of which were inconclusive.  More violent protests followed.

Cholera is still an issue, and will continue to be as the spring and summer months arrive.  Reconstruction is still ongoing.  Clean-up is still incomplete.


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