Haiti’s long road to recovery

The nation’s eventual recovery will need the long-term input of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nations, writes Ger Gilroy in Port-au-Prince

30th January, 2010

It is 19 days since the earthquake struck Haiti. The news updates now include pictures which have become accepted staples of news programming, with miraculous rescue stories generally accompanied by references to looting.

Riots and gun-toting, machete wielding gangs fit the post-Katrina narrative that the US media, in particular, seem to want. It’s almost impossible not to become desensitised looking at this: 150,000 confirmed dead, one million homeless, orphans roaming uncared for. It’s a hellish picture...

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