Haiti earthquake survivors

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Haiti's Homeless Languish in Limbo

Recovery effort is slow at best; hundreds of thousands still in tents

(Newser) - It's been six months since a powerful earthquake rolled through Haiti, devastating lives and buildings in its path—and the landscape doesn't look much better than in the days after, reports the New York Times in an examination of the stalled recovery effort. Of the 1.5 million people displaced... More »

Haitian Parents Abandon Kids in Droves

Earthquake's devastation the last straw for many

(Newser) - The catastrophic earthquake that left at least 1.3 million Haitians homeless was the final straw for families that could barely afford to feed their children before. Now with aid dwindling, Haitian families are abandoning their children in skyrocketing numbers in the hope of offering them a better life—a... More »

Bush, Clinton Tour Port-au-Prince

Ten weeks after Haiti earthquake, ex-presidents visit capital

(Newser) - Bill Clinton and George W. Bush toured Port-au-Prince today, meeting survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake at a huge homeless camp in the Haitian capital. The former presidents, who were making their first joint visit, spearheaded the American relief fundraising effort, which has drawn $37 million so far. "Our... More »

Family Survives Haiti's Quake, Then Chile's

'Here, the same thing!' says one rattled refugee

(Newser) - The Desarmes family left their native Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining a son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-Prince. Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on... More »

One Thing Back on Track in Haiti: Mourning

Along with dead, Haitians mourn loss of knowledge, culture, competency

(Newser) - As the shock over the inconceivable 230,000 lost in the Haitian earthquake begins to subside, survivors have begun to shift to mourning individuals—from teachers to tax collectors, schoolchildren to elderly priests, brothers to sons. As the New York Times reports, the police chief whose daughters died on the... More »

Angelina Jolie Heads to Haiti

UN goodwill ambassador visited survivors yesterday

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's latest humanitarian mission: Haiti's earthquake victims. The actress and UN goodwill ambassador visited with survivors hospitalized in the neighboring Dominican Republic yesterday, and a UN rep says she is traveling to Haiti today, the AP reports. During yesterday's hospital visit Jolie, accompanied by a UN rep, "spoke... More »

4 Weeks Later, Man Pulled From Rubble

28-year-old dehydrated, malnourished

(Newser) - Relief workers pulled a 28-year-old man from under rubble in Port-au-Prince today, nearly four weeks after the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed some 200,000 of his fellow Haitians. The man is suffering from malnutrition and severe dehydration, and appeared confused, telling doctors someone had been bringing him water while... More »

Death Toll Passes 200K: PM

300K more injured, Jean-Max Bellerive says

(Newser) - The death toll in Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake has passed 200,000, the nation’s prime minister says, calling the temblor “a disaster on a planetary scale.” Jean-Max Bellerive tells AFP that some 300,000 more are injured, 250,000 homes and 30,000 businesses lost—and... More »

Haiti Aid Piles Up at Bottlenecks as Unrest Grows

Medicine, bandages, food stuck at port, airport, warehouses

(Newser) - Massive amounts of aid are arriving in Haiti only to hit bottlenecks at the Port-au-Prince airport, the port or warehouses, where medicine, bandages, and other desperately needed supplies are piling up. Clogged roads, a crippled government, and outbreaks of violence mean that the aid flowing into Haiti is reaching earthquake... More »

Quake Creates Generation of Amputees

Many lose limbs because doctors can't treat injuries fast enough

(Newser) - Among the most devastating long-term consequences of the Haiti earthquake will be the thousands of victims who’ve had to have limbs amputated—and while some saw limbs severed almost immediately, many cases result from the inability of medical personnel to keep up with the volume of injuries. “This... More »

Girl, 17, Pulled From Rubble

Darlene Etienne trapped in pocket in concrete of school

(Newser) - A 17-year-old Haitian girl was pulled from the rubble of her Port-au-Prince school today, 15 days after the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation. “She just said ‘thank you,’ she’s very weak,” the search team commander tells AFP of Darlene Etienne, who appeared to suffering... More »

US Troops Pull Man, Buried 2 Weeks, From Rubble

35-year-old appears to have no serious injuries

(Newser) - US troops pulled a 35-year-old Haitian man alive from the rubble of a building in downtown Port-au-Prince today. Ricot Duprevil, who was dressed only in underpants, appeared to have no serious injuries despite being buried for the two weeks since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation, Reuters reports.... More »

One More Miracle: Man Rescued in Haiti

Survivor, 23, is in good condition on day rescue operation ends

(Newser) - Rescuers unearthed a 23-year-old man in good condition today from deep beneath the concrete and wooden wreckage of a hotel grocery store, 11 days after Haiti's earthquake struck. Onlookers wearing masks against the stench of the city's decaying bodies cheered when Rismond Exantus, clad in a black T-shirt and black... More »

Call to Halt Haiti Adoptions on Trafficking Fears

At least 15 children said to have disappeared from hospitals

(Newser) - The disappearance of 15 children from Haitian hospitals has prompted aid agencies to call for a halt on adoptions of Haitian orphans, warning that child traffickers flourish in such chaotic situations. Despite an outpouring of offers from would-be parents, and the tens of thousands of children in need—40,000... More »

Woman, 84, Pulled From Rubble After 10 Days

Relatives dig 20 hours to rescue Marie Carida

(Newser) - Relatives pulled an 84-year-old woman from the rubble of their home today in Port-au-Prince, digging for 20 hours with bare hands after hearing moaning coming from under the ruins left by the earthquakes that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12. Marie Carida Romain “is very thin. She is in a... More »

Aid Reaches More Survivors

Now, hundreds of thousands need relocation

(Newser) - Improved logistics are allowing relief teams to deliver aid to an increasing number of victims in Port-Au-Prince and other areas of Haiti affected by the deadly earthquake. Given the time that has passed since the quake, disaster teams are switching their focus from search and rescue operations to relocation for... More »

Haiti Plans to Relocate 400K Homeless

US military works to repair capital's damaged port

(Newser) - Haitian officials are planning a massive relocation of 400,000 people from makeshift camps to the outskirts of the capital as the US government tackles repairs to the damaged main port—dual efforts to help residents survive the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake. The plan to temporarily relocate thousands is... More »

15-Day-Old Rescued From Haiti Rubble

UN: Search and rescue effort 'a fantastic success'

(Newser) - Members of a search and rescue team demolishing a ruined home in Haiti yesterday were amazed to find a 15-day-old baby who had survived without food and water for a week. "It was the mercy of God," the baby girl's mother told the Wall Street Journal . She had... More »

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