Quake victims struggle in Haiti

Situation remains grim on Caribbean island six months after deadly quake.

     

    Exactly six months after Haiti was struck by a deadly earthquake, aid agencies are still struggling to care for over a million hungry and homeless people.

    The 7.0 quake on January 12 - the worst in the Caribbean nation's history - killed 230,000 people, destroyed 250,000 homes and displaced millions of people.

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    Rob Reynolds reports from one town struggling to rebuild without much help

    Though countries across the globe pledged billions in aid, rebuilding shattered lives has proven to be slow and challenging.

    About 1.5 million people, which is one-sixth of the Haitian population, are still living in makeshift camps. Another 1.2 million people rely on aid agencies for clean water.

    As reconstruction takes inordinately long, Haitians are frustrated and losing faith.

    Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman, reporting from the capital Port-au-Prince, said: "Most people in Haiti don't even know that today marks the six month anniversary since the earthquake struck this country.

    "They take things day by day here and now that we're in the middle of rainy season, it's even more dangerous for hundreds of makeshift homes to stay up and people have remained in the same tents simply because they have no where else to go."

    Newman reports on a family of four whom Al Jazeera has been following ever since the earthquake to see how they have been coping.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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