April 5th, 2010
12:54 PM ET

In Haiti, deep skepticism about a U.N. rescue plan

Jessica Desvarieux

A simple turn of the radio dial, and news of the reconstruction plan dominates Haiti's airwaves. At the U.N. donor conference on Wednesday, the international community pledged more than $5 billion dollars to support Haiti for the next 18 months and almost $10 billion for the next five years. These are enormous figures aimed at transforming the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, which has become even more dire after the catacylsmic Jan. 12 earthquake. But as crucial as the donor news was, many Haitians made homeless by the temblor, like Patrick Nordeuse, 43, have simply tuned out. "I used to listen to the radio after the earthquake, but it would just depress me when I saw nothing was being done," says Nordeuse.

It's been more than two and a half months since the earthquake shook every fiber of Haitian society. I was here on a trip from the U.S. to visit my family when it hit and have stayed for most of the aftermath. But when I look at the streets of Port-au -Prince, the catastrophe still seems so much closer in time, as if it has just happened. Monstrous piles of rubble still hold the remains of thousands of earthquake victims. Haitians drift with no purpose during the day, returning to insecure shelters at night.


Filed under: Haiti • United Nations
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  1. M Tampa, Fl.

    The situation in Haiti is very depressing to say the least. I feel hopeless only because there is no stable government to take care of business there. The government just ordered school to be opened today (April 5th) and they expect students to go the cracked unstable building to attend school. I just want to scream out loud until I lose my voice. Just another disaster waiting to happen. It's very, very frustrating.

    April 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  2. Eugenia - San Francisco

    millions of dollars donated?

    then why are these people going to suffer this rainy/hurricane season with no shelter??

    April 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm |