June 3rd, 2010
11:03 AM ET

After quake, middle-class Haitians wrestle with fall into poverty

Moni Basu

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/WORLD/americas/06/03/haiti.middle.class/t1larg.ronide.mb.jpg caption="Ronide Baduel, a professional whose home was destroyed in the earthquake, now lives in a tent outside her sister's flat." width=300 height=169]

Ronide Baduel keeps a broken teacup tucked away for safekeeping.

One day, she will look at it, maybe even smile, and recall how life's rhythms shifted with the earth in January.

She was unlike many of her Haitian compatriots who were barely squeaking by. She had everything: an education, a decent job as a nurse, a three-bedroom home she rented with her teenage son, who was in school.

But when the massive earthquake struck, Baduel's house collapsed. For the first time in her life, she had nothing.

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