Haiti's children: a year after the quake
Monday 10 January 2011
It is almost a year to the day since a catastrophic earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale jolted Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, killing 230,000 people and wrecking over 330,000 homes.
Nearly 365 days since that fateful 12 January 2010, the dust still has not settled on the wreckage. In those days, government and aid agencies have been working against adversity to rebuild the country piece by piece amid huge political and economic uncertainty.
The streets are a banquet for thieves and rapists as 1.5 million are still homeless, many living in tents with little or no protection from the elements or attackers. Great piles of rubble hinder reconstruction. Cholera has spread in the unsanitary conditions.
Save The Children has been working tirelessly to provide safe spaces and temporary schools for the 400,000 children still living in danger. Their lives have been blighted by the disaster; their homes, schools, friends and relatives lost.
One year on, 380,000 children are still living in squalid camps, leaving them vulnerable to disease and exploitation. It is in one of the most complex disasters to respond to in history, Save the Children says.
Still without proper homes, schools and sanitation, children are in danger of catching cholera and are exposed to crime and abuse. More than 3,000 children are still waiting to be reunited with their loved ones, after being separated from them when the earthquake hit.
Save The Children has given independent.co.uk video records (see below) of their efforts and a selection of photographs from the scene. Looking at them it becomes obvious that while tragedy still holds this country in its fist, some hope is being delivered.
Gary Shaye, Save the Children’s Haiti Country Director said: "Children are still suffering in Haiti and are still struggling to cope emotionally with the number of disasters they’ve faced over the year. It’s going to take years to get them back into a normal life, where they have their own homes, can play safely with friends and have proper schools to go to. It is important to remember that long before 12th January, 2010, Haiti faced tremendous challenges which were exacerbated by the earthquake.”
“In 2010 we were focusing on keeping people alive and making sure they had the basics like, shelter, food and water.”
The children’s charity has already assisted over 270 schools, enabling 45,000 children to access education since the earthquake. But hundreds of children still do not have access to an education.
- 1 Autistic adults could take pure MDMA to 'reduce social anxiety'
- 2 Before you complain about your GP, this is what you need to know about actually doing the job
- 3 Father of 12 accused of raping, beating, starving and abusing his own children in US 'cult'
- 4 Britain's Got Talent 2015: Jamie Raven divides Twitter as fans expose mind-boggling magic trick
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: not a Mexican demon being summoned — it's gravity
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: One of the South East's fastest growing full s...
£35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...
£30000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Estimating, preparation of tech...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will work as part of a smal...