Haiti: One Year after the Earthquake, Priority Is to Speed Up Recovery
By Dialogo January 12, 2011The solution for Haiti is to have a Government of a different nationality, because all of the former Haitians have been corrupt and dictatorial and they only talk about Port Au Prince. The problems of Haiti are not only in Port AU Prince but throughout the entire country. For example in Hinche there is a lot of poverty and more than 500 people have died of cholera. There is no potable water and only one hospital that serves a population of 500,000 people.
One year after the earthquake that caused 225,550 deaths in Haiti and displaced 2.3 million people, the “absolute priority” of UN humanitarian agencies in 2011 will be speeding up the country’s recovery, the organization indicated on 11 January.
“We need to hit the accelerator on recovery efforts. This will be the absolute priority in 2011,” the spokesperson of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Elisabeth Byrs, explained to AFP.
The process is expected to last “months and even years,” given the magnitude of the task on the ground, Byrs admitted, in particular the rebuilding of 180,000 damaged or destroyed homes, the removal of tons of debris, and the reestablishment of basic services for hundreds of thousands of people still waiting to be rehoused.
“With 800,000 people still in camps, we should be realistic about the time that will be needed to rehouse all of them,” the spokesperson insisted.
The humanitarian agencies again defended their overall handling of an unprecedented disaster that annihilated the structures of an entire state, which lost around 30% of its officials in the 12 January 2010 earthquake.
The UN itself mourned the death of two hundred of its employees in the collapse of the building housing its Haitian mission.