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Haitians still suffering from aftermath of 2010 earthquake

Catholic World News - January 12, 2012

Two years after a devastating earthquake, Haiti is still slowly recovering, reports the apostolic nuncio in that country, Archbishop Bernardino Auza.

Speaking with the Fides news service, the nuncio notes that in Haiti the process of reconstruction “is particularly difficult and expensive because everything is imported, even the sand.” Political disputes and logistical snarls have slowed the delivery of aid and the process of rebuilding. Above all, because the poverty that afflicted the country even before the earthquake, there were few institutions equipped to handle an emergency.

The earthquake of January 12, 2010 destroyed much of Haiti’s housing. Even today, Archbishop Auza reports, “There are still about 600,000 people in tents.” Church leaders are encouraging their people to seize control of their own destiny rather than continuing to wait for help from outside. Archbishop Guire Poulard of Port-au-Prince insists that “the reconstruction will be Haitian or there will be no reconstruction.”

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