Haiti earthquake

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Red Cross Built Just 6 Houses in Haiti After the Quake

New report reveals murky details of Red Cross projects

(Newser) - The American Red Cross raised nearly $500 million after Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, but what happened to the money? According to an NPR and Pro Publica report, the organization claims to have provided 130,000 people with homes but in fact built only six permanent homes. The Red Cross... More »

5 Years After Quake, Beyonce Drops In on Haiti

Singer visits to see progress in wake of 2010 devastation

(Newser) - Pop queen Beyonce has paid a visit to Haiti to look at the progress made since an earthquake devastated the country five years ago. Haiti UN mission spokeswoman Sophie Boutaud de la Combe said yesterday that Beyonce also was able to "meet some of the people who were affected... More »

Quake Victim Gets Final Wish: a Haitian Orphanage

Britney Gengel's parents honor her dream with home for kids in Grand-Goave

(Newser) - Haiti has an immense orphan problem— UNICEF says there were 430,000 orphans as of 2012—and Britney Gengel had desperately wanted to help. Just a few hours before she died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake , the 19-year-old, who was on a missionary trip to aid orphans there, texted her... More »

World Habitat Day a Reminder of the Need for Shelter

Jimmy Carter urges everyone to take action

(Newser) - It's World Habitat Day, and in the Huffington Post Jimmy Carter urges you to take the time to "recognize the basic need for shelter" around the globe. In Haiti, for example, hundreds of thousands still live in tents and other makeshift shelters—almost three years after its 7.... More »

Haiti's New Ambassador: Sean Penn

Actor will serve as nation's ambassador at large

(Newser) - "Diplomacy" doesn't even make the list of the top million things associated with Sean Penn, but Haiti has gone ahead and named the actor its ambassador at large anyway. Penn, who has long labored for Haitian relief in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake, was offered the... More »

2 Years After Quake, 500K Homeless in Haiti

But some see 'progress' amid the 'distress'

(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").... More »

US Report Questions Haiti Death Toll

True count may be 250K less than Haitian estimate

(Newser) - The number of people killed or made homeless by the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti last year is well below the Haitian government's figures, according to a report commissioned by the US government. The researchers estimate that between 46,000 and 85,000 people were killed in the quake,... More »

Big Quakes Trigger Small Ones—Not Other Big Ones

So rest easy, California, your risk is no higher than normal

(Newser) - Over the past 15 months, large earthquakes have struck China , Haiti , Chile , New Zealand , Japan , and Burma . But those quakes weren't connected, and they won't trigger any other big ones, seismologists say. A new study shows that, even when they seem linked, large and distant quakes likely aren't—and while... More »

Sean Penn to Sheen: C'mon Down to Haiti

Actor thinks Sheen could help Haiti, Haiti could help Sheen

(Newser) - Sean Penn knows a thing or two about being crazy, and thinks earthquake-ravaged Haiti's just the place for old pal and certified crazyperson Charlie Sheen. Penn says he'd like to "show my old friend the world of needs on the ground in Haiti," reports the AP, and thinks... More »

Amid Tragedy, Haiti Readies for Vote

No clear favorite among 18 candidates

(Newser) - Facing recovery from a pair of natural disasters and an outbreak of cholera, work is cut out for Haiti’s next president. Who that will be, however, is anyone’s guess: of 18 candidates, no one campaigner has pulled ahead, the Wall Street Journal reports. With some 80% of pledged... More »

Cholera Kills 900+ in Haiti

Outbreak has reached six of the country's 10 provinces

(Newser) - Cholera has claimed more than 900 lives in Haiti and has hit six of the country’s 10 provinces. As of Friday, more than 14,600 had been hospitalized since the outbreak began last month , according to Haiti’s Health Ministry website. Cholera has reached the capital of Port-au-Prince,... More »

Next for Haiti: a Hurricane (and Maybe a Huge Quake)

Tropical Storm Tomas bears down on cholera- and quake-plagued nation

(Newser) - Haitian officials and aid workers are scrambling to prepare the devastated country for yet another natural disaster. Tropical Storm Tomas is expected to hit Haiti by the end of the week—and to be a hurricane again by the time it does, Reuters reports. “This storm is approaching at... More »

Months Later, Lone Senator Holding Up Aid to Haiti

1 million remain homeless

(Newser) - Nearly nine months after the earthquake, more than a million Haitians still live on the streets between piles of rubble. One reason: Not a cent of the $1.15 billion the US pledged in March for rebuilding has arrived. The US has already spent more than $1.1 billion on... More »

After 9 Months, Only 2% of Haitian Rubble Cleared

Port-au-Prince still looks much the same

(Newser) - Nine months after Haiti's devastating earthquake, conditions in Port-au-Prince don't seem to have changed much. Rubble is still strewn around the city, among blown-open slabs of sidewalk and teetering half-destroyed buildings. Only about 2% of the 33 million cubic yards of debris strewn about by the disaster has been cleared.... More »

Wyclef Jean: Sean Penn Too 'Coked Up' to See Me in Haiti

Singer slams back after Penn diss over Haitian prez plans

(Newser) - An angry Wyclef Jean is blasting back at Sean Penn for dissing his plans to run for Haiti's presidency, saying the outspoken actor likely didn't notice his activism in the island nation because maybe "he was too busy sniffing cocaine." Penn slammed the hip-hopper's presidential aspirations by telling... More »

Clooney Jokes About Humanitarian Award

Offers to assist Darfur via wardrobe malfunction

(Newser) - Accepting the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at last night's Emmys, George Clooney made light of his work to raise awareness about genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. "I have offered to go to the south of Sudan and stage, like, a wardrobe malfunction," the modest actor quipped.... More »

France Urged to Repay Haiti's $22B 'Independence Debt'

Payout would make up for quake aid shortfall

(Newser) - France should fork over almost $22 billion to Haiti to make up for the "independence debt" it extorted from its former colony 200 years ago, a group of prominent activists and authors has urged in a letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The money would give the impoverished Caribbean... More »

Penn, Wyclef Spar Over Haiti

Stars trading blows

(Newser) - Which celebrity can call "dibs" on being the most concerned about Haiti? Sean Penn is not impressed by Wyclef Jean's presidential plans because he's heard nothing of Wyclef's involvement in the nation for the entire six months the actor has been working for the people there, notes Gawker . "... More »

Wyclef to Run for Haiti President

Entertainer enters crowded field of candidates

(Newser) - The rumors are true: Singer Wyclef Jean plans to run for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti and will announce his candidacy in the coming days. Former Haitian parliamentary leader Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques said the Haiti-born hip hop artist will run as part of his coalition in the Nov. 28 election. The... More »

US Has Delivered Zero on $1B Aid Pledged to Haiti

And most of the rest of the world has done no better.

(Newser) - Remember all that money the nations of the world generously pledged to help with Haiti’s earthquake relief efforts? It hasn’t materialized, CNN reports. Less than 2% of the $5.3 billion promised at an aid conference in March has actually been delivered to the UN, with only Brazil,... More »

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