Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Haitians Press On Amid Slow Pace Of Quake Recovery : NPR
In the six months since Haiti's devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people, Port-au-Prince's Petionville Club has been home to more than 5,000 quake survivors. They live in difficult conditions in makeshift tents on the grounds of the country club.
Kids run and play on dirt paths, women gather water from potable stations set up by aid agencies, and hammers pound away as residents continually repair tattered tarps and wobbly scrap-wood frames.
The makeshift dwellings are taking a beating
now that the rainy season is in full force. Many people have set up small businesses, like barbershops and beauty salons, while others sell
anything from used shoes and phones to rum, candy and cigarettes.
More than 1.5 million people still live in more than 1,000 encampments that sprouted up after the Jan. 12 quake. Americans have donated more than $1.3 billion for Haiti, and thousands of charities are helping the recovery effort.
But plans to move survivors into more suitable housing seem months, or even years, away. More...