Ottawa disappointed by progress in Haiti 2 years after earthquake

The remains of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Port-au-Prince, December 2011

Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press


Oda had hoped that conditions would have improved enough to enable more homeless Haitians to vacate those tent camps by now.

Today, some 500,000 people still live in the squalor and dangers of the encampments — a figure that does represent some improvement. One million were living in tents last year, on the first anniversary of the earthquake.

With the help of billions of dollars in international aid, the country has taken modest strides forward over the last 24 months.

About half the rubble from the disaster — a mind-boggling five million cubic metres, or enough to fill five football stadiums — has been removed. Twenty per cent of it has been recycled, according to the United Nations Development Programme.

UNDP associate administrator Rebeca Grynspan said the massive cleanup was a big part of some 300,000 temporary jobs created in Haiti, where the unemployment rate hovers around 60 per cent.

She called it the “largest job-creation program in the world.” The organization is now focusing on creating longer-term employment.

Read more: http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/international/article/179931–ottawa-disappointed-by-progress-in-haiti-2-years-after-earthquake

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