Haiti: After the Earthquake French II Culture Project By Jean-Luc
Greatness of Haiti • “Their Eyes Were Watching God” • Henri Christophe – President of Haiti • “The Kingdom of This World” • Langton Hughes who translated the works of Jacques Roumain • Katherine Dunham, famous Dancer and Choreographer • The Louisiana Purchase
The Earthquake • Measured 7.0 in Magnitude • The Earthquake was not a natural disaster but a disaster of Engineering. Death and injury was due to building collapse. • Early after the quake, there were stop gaps symbolic of Haiti’s centralized Government.
A youth walks through the earthquake damaged Cathedral in Port-a Prince on January 7, 2012.
People walk in front of the collapsed National Palace in Port-au-Prince, January 11, 2012.
A man walks by a tent city near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 10, 2012.
A demonstrator carrying a Haitian Flag, walks through the Champs de Mars Camp across the street from the collapsed National Palace during a protest to demand new housing, Wednesday, January 11, 2012.
School children walk past a makeshift tents at a temporary camp at Champ de Mars in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, January 11, 2012.
A Voodoo Practitioner works under a building that was damaged by the 2010 earthquake in downtown Port-au-Prince, January 8, 2012.
Haiti President, Michel Martelly does a dance after announcing that, with the help of Canada’s Government, nearly 20,000 people camped across the street from the National Palace will be relocated to homes north of Port-au-Prince, January 11, 2012
The Haitian EarthquakeTwo years later • 316,000 deaths, 300,000 injured, 1,000,000 made homeless. • $2.6 billion given for the Haitian Earthquake, $360 million in unspent private aid funding remain. • 500,000 still under tarps and tents • Cholera outbreak started by the UN • Sex scandal
Where is the money? • Food, water, gasoline, medical supplies, sanitation and salaries basically the extent of services. • $12 billion coming from all donor nations. • No response by co-chair overseeing Haiti’s reconstruction for requests of financial specifics.
Obstacles to Recovery • Failed ties between humanitarian organizations and the Haitian Government. • Permanent solutions that improves people lives and livelihoods needed. • Lack of reconstruction and decentralization. • Haiti is energy poor, i.e. Kerosene and charcoal are main energy sources.
References Farmer, Paul (2011) “Haiti After the Earthquake”. New York, NY: Public Affairs. Aronin, Miriam (2011) “Earthquake in Haiti” North Mankato, MN: Bearport Publishing Co. Curnutte, Mark (2011) “A Promise in Haiti”. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. Dubois, Laurent (2012) “Haiti: The Aftershocks of Hstory” Henry Holt and Company, LLC.