Leslie Buckley: We can help Haiti get on its feet and build a future
Published 23/01/2012 | 05:00
Walking around the streets of Port-au-Prince in Haiti days after the devastating earthquake of January 2010 was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. A whole city had fallen in upon itself and sadly taken nearly a quarter of a million of its citizens with it. Whole families were wiped out, generations lost, and there was not one person on those streets that day who had not been affected.
Today, the scenes of destruction and despair are still commonplace in Port-au-Prince. Everyone you meet has a harrowing tale from the earthquake. The fear of sleeping indoors has not gone away.
The international media can't understand how things have not progressed in two years, but the reality is that lying behind these appalling scenes are fundamental problems and challenges that two years alone cannot solve.