2 Years After Quake, 500K Homeless in Haiti

But some see 'progress' amid the 'distress'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 2:06 PM CST
In this picture taken on Jan. 7, a man whose leg was amputated sits at an earthquake-damaged cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.   (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

(Newser) – The wires are awash with two-year anniversary stories about Haiti's earthquake, which pretty much run the optimism gamut from the Washington Post (Headline: "Two years after quake, signs of progress in Haiti") to the Wall Street Journal ("Two Years After Quake, Haiti Remains in Distress").

  • Journal: It sees "donor fatigue" settling in and resentment rising against the government of former pop star Michel Martelly. Political infighting has held up reconstruction projects, and the US, along with charities and NGOs, are running out of patience. In the meantime, "half a million people still live in squalid tent cities and rubble remains where it fell in this ruined capital" of Port-au-Prince. Full story here.

  • Post: It, too, acknowledges the squalor of the tent cities and the vast work that remains, but the story has a more optimistic feel. "Advances are everywhere," writes William Booth, "even if they are sometimes hard to see: The neighborhood lit by yellow candles a year ago is now strung with electric lights; the road once blocked by earthquake rubble is now snarled with morning traffic." The recovery is there, it's just "painfully slow," says one Harvard doctor. Full story here.
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