Saturday 24 June 2017

Children need the most help in Haiti

Lessons must be learned from mistakes made in the wake of the tsunami, writes David Dalton, CEO of Plan Ireland

Six years on from the Asian tsunami, Mother Nature has shown once again just how devastatingly powerful she is. On January 12, in less time than it takes to boil a kettle, Port-au-Prince and a wide surrounding area were reduced to rubble.

When the dust settled, Haiti's young population -- half of them are aged 18 or younger, and 300,000 of them were already orphans -- began to take stock of their situation and it was just about as bad as it could get.

As survivors dug with bare hands to recover others, humanitarian organisations around the world swung into action, just as they did in 2004.

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