Saturday 16 December 2017

Leslie Buckley: We must do more to build on hope in stricken Haiti

Leslie Buckley

There is hope in Haiti -- these are proud people looking for a hand-up, not a hand-out

DURING 2010, Ireland saw the arrival of the IMF and the nationalisation of some of our banks. During the same period, the people of Haiti contended with a devastating earthquake, a hurricane, political violence and cholera.

Today is exactly one year since an earthquake struck Port au Prince. In 42 seconds, 75pc of buildings were reduced to rubble, 230,000 died and 1.5 million were left homeless, forced to live in campsites, without access to water or sanitation. Conditions were sub-squalor.

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