Haiti: Five years on

On 12 January 2010, the Caribbean island of Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Up to 316,000 people died and 1.5 million were left homeless. Five years on, the world remembers.

  1. Aid agencies from around the world scrambled to send teams to Port-au-Prince to help those in need, but from very early on, humanitarian actors came under fire for an inadequate response. Months of chaos and suffering followed the quake.
  2. Money and NGOs poured into Haiti but the response effort struggled to meet demands in a country already wracked by poverty, political instability and weak institutions. An outbreak of cholera in October of that year has yet to be reined in.
  3. Cholera epidemic still claiming lives in Haiti after five years
  4. There is plenty for aid agencies to be proud of and many heart-warming stories of achievements, like the recovery of this dancer-turned-amputee.
  5. But there is still a long way to go...
  6. And many are asking whether much of the money was wasted.
  7. Five years on, humanitarian workers are taking stock of lessons learned and how experiences in Haiti can shape future crisis response.
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