July 12, 2010

Six months after quake, Haiti still suffers

Posted: 02:52 PM ET

By Ivan Watson, CNN

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - On January 12, the earth shook here. More than 220,000 people were killed. More than 300,000 people were injured. The city and large stretches of surrounding countryside were devastated.

Six months later, not much appears to have changed. It still looks like a bomb just dropped on this city.

The government has barely begun the cleanup process. Roads in the center of the city are still blocked by debris. And some experts predict that it could take up to 20 years to remove all of it.

"We have moved 250,000 cubic meters of rubble, which sounds like a lot, until you realize there's 20 million cubic meters of rubble here," said Imogen Wall, spokeswoman for the United Nations office of humanitarian affairs in Haiti.

The U.N. estimates 1.5 million people currently live in camps. That means roughly one in nine Haitians are homeless.

And Wall says the situation is so difficult that six months from now, it may still look the same.

"Because of the numbers that we are coping with here and what we know about what it takes to do long-term reconstruction well... it will take time to get 1.5 million people back into the kind of long-term living arrangements that they want and need," she said.

Most Haitians are left fending for themselves.


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Joe G. (Illinois)   July 12th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

Amongst all the rubble, people still missing the big picture...

How big of an earthquake would it take?
After six months how much longer would it take?

There is a joke about an airplane that took off full of atheists and after mechanical problems or turbulence in the air landed with God Believers.

In Haiti six months after the earthquake that spared many of their lives, the big picture only amounts to… Like before the earthquake were not worldwide known and famous for rum and voodoo?

Aweda   July 12th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

The world bank, the black nation and the people concern must do thing in haiti

Smith in Oregon   July 12th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

Oops, News Media appears to have accidently interviewed several Haitians in the various 'tent citys' who told the audience the aid agencys and all the Billions of dollars are not even being used to provide them with FOOD! Those poor Haitians in those tent citys were forced to either pay for their food, if they could find it or starve. I wouldn't doubt it if 'aid agencys' were selling much of the food supplies to the Haitian people that had been freely donated to those same 'aid agencys'.

Six months after the country's capital was flattened, where are the fleets of heavy equipment moving debris 24/7? There are none, just poor Haitians paid pennys for removing rocks by hand!

Food, Water? Sure if you have the money to pay for it! The boxes and bottles all seem to indicate those supplys were freely shipped to Haiti and now those that was meant for have to pay for 'free donations' or be denied?

The bribes and graft in Haitian's abysmal government on down to the harbor dock workers appear to be equal to that found in Afghanistan ruled by the handpicked dictator Hamid Karzai.

The present corrupt Haitian government is blaming all the present level of bribe taking, graft and corruption on previous Haitian governments some 20-30 years ago! NO, the present Haitian government is the one that appears to be swimming in corruption, graft and bribes.

CNN, demand accountability for the Millions that LKL raised on behalf of many loyal LKL viewers.

CNN, stop airing ALL celebrity spokesperson's for additional Haitian Relief Funds until accountability is restored and those funds already raised are being received by the Haitian people.

It is entirely abusive and unhelpful to show Hollywood figures begging now for further Haitian dollars while Billions in overall aid dollars and Millions to the very same relief agency in question is not being actually distributed to the Haitian people those aid agency's collected those funds supposedly for.

MaryRM   July 12th, 2010 4:59 pm ET

Each relief organization has to account for its donations through it's annual report and it must follow federal guidelines to maintain their charitable status and federal grants. Small organizations still have to give an account of where the money goes. But yes, some pop-up organizations may or may not have your donations maximized in its Haitian relief.

If you go to a charity's website you can get updates. The Red Cross U.S. and Canada, and Habitat for Humanity have Haiti updates.

Much of the funds are not already spent but budgeted for long term projects. Yes, the progress looks slow but please note that they are still rebuilding New Orleans 5 years later so it is not that all the funds are going to corrupt Haitian officials. Yes, sometimes palms have to be greased to get a license to do something, this is a fact of life and there is no perfect way around this. And as usual and as is shown in the Gulf oil spill, bureaucracy slows things to a snails pace.

Smith in Oregon   July 12th, 2010 5:57 pm ET

The Haitian people got a cheap tent, no food and no water nowadays and not even bales of straw to stem the morass of mud they have to slug thru when it rains. Food if the poor Haitian languishing in the tents have the money, Water if the poor Haitian languishing in the tents have the money. If the displaced Haitian's do not themselves have any money it seems they are out of luck, receive no food nor water.

My how people spin that into a notion of no corruption, graft and outright lies to those that donated millions of tons of food and supplys.

Smith in Oregon   July 12th, 2010 6:20 pm ET

Wow! Paul the psychic Octopus was absolutely amazing in perfectly predicting every World Cup Soccer winner! In the final selection he actually showed both of the teams together as a tie before finally settling all of his tentacles on Spain as his choice. And yep they were tied and then finally Spain emerged as the overtime winner. Saint Paul ta Octopus you are amazing!

The Vatican and ta Pope are likely on Paul's octopus cell phone begging for a session along with many of the Hollywood agents that dumped Speers, Hilton, Lohan and Mel Gibson in their constant predatory search for fresh new meat to exploit.

paulette   July 12th, 2010 6:38 pm ET

what the government doing with the money, that the polite and artist.They must remmber that the world is trouble, but each and everyone should help their self dont wait on the government.Most of the people in haiti have people all over the world so they have to help their family.

gerald Jolly   July 12th, 2010 8:02 pm ET

Just one question.

Who has the millions of donated money.

And what are they doing with it?

As predicted millions of dollars are missing and no one is willing to account for it.


Dolores Mize   July 12th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Where did the money we donated through our phone bills go? I donated to Wyclef Jean, to the Red Cross and to the fund the UN started-up. Where did all that money go?

Mary-Jane   July 12th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

gerald Jolly

Excellent question. (((Where's the Money)))

claudia   July 13th, 2010 12:17 am ET

Sorry but all that donated money has Gone with the Wind so why are we surprised. Same ole, same ole..

Alessandro BERNARDI   July 13th, 2010 12:33 am ET

Who could speed up the measures taken?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   July 13th, 2010 12:52 am ET

It needs to be tracked down and accounted for.

jean   July 13th, 2010 12:56 am ET

If billions of dollars were donated and no work is being done why can't they hire the men there to do the work thats needed?

Mary from Wisconsin   July 13th, 2010 4:32 pm ET

I saw Pierre Alexis last night on Larry King. He was one who ran the orphanage in which my daughter was after 4 long years of an out of control adoption process because of a Haitian Government that likes to reign power over it's people who have no control and no choices. This government with it's corruption and greed keeps it's people poor and needy, it is the way they control them. They change the law to suite themselves whenever they like and the people pay.

Pierre has been trying to get out of customs beans that have been donated by a Canadian organization, beans and shipping all paid, to help feed the children at the orphanage. Pierre has paid close to $1500 American dollars to get the beans released but customs still will not release them. Think in this country how much beans you could buy for $1500 and this is what he has paid to get them released from customs? He has worked with NGO's to help with his effort but they still will not release them and the story is always the same, come back tomorrow and perhaps we will release them. They always have a reason. You see despite everything happening to the people of Haiti, for the people in power and in control, it is business as usual. They do not care how much their people are starvng, are thirsty or in need of medical care. It is all about how much power they can wield over them. It is a sad sad case. Call me skeptical but Haiti will never reach the potential it has you only have to look at it's history.

Another example of the Haitian people, you wonder if they really want our help because no matter what you try to show them of how to make their life easier and to move forward many do not follow through. Recently people from our community went to Haiti and lived there for three months and showed how to plant gardens with tomotoes etc with an irrigation system and it was beautiful and bountiful. Two months later when someone returned to see how they were doing the gardens were dead and no one was taking care of them. It makes one wonder. Give a man a fish he eats for a day but show a man how to fish and he can eat forever. I throw up my hands as I do not understand........................because even this does not work.

gerald Jolly   July 13th, 2010 8:23 pm ET

Like the man says.



Wanda Foster   July 13th, 2010 8:38 pm ET

As a resident of Fort Worth, I am concerned about a reported lockdown at Lockheed Martin, the plant that makes F-35s (the Joint Strike Fighter). No one seems to know what is going on, but the whole place is locked down. Reports are that signs have been put up restricting access and that a man was bleeding. Don't know the accuracy of these events, but i don't think it is a hoax.

Mike Taylor   July 14th, 2010 12:25 am ET

I am completely horrifed with what is going on in the world today, that the best CNN can come up with is talking about Mel Gibson, who cares about him?

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