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23/12/2011

Remember Haiti?

Human Wrongs Watch

New York – Two years have elapsed since the devastating earthquake destroyed a whole country—Haiti, killing over 200,000 people. Still, three quarters of the population earn less than two dollars a day, 70 per cent do not have stable jobs, more than half of children do not go to school, and the great majority –70 to 80 per cent– had no access to electricity.

Credit: UN

This was the scenario before and even after the January 2010 earthquake, as depicted by Nigel Fisher, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti, who recently emphasised that to be able to provide an integral picture of the situation in Haiti, pre-earthquake conditions need to be considered.

Before the earthquake, Haiti was already the poorest country in the Southern Hemisphere, he said.

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