Theo Sitther writes about housing policy and U.S. aid efforts in Haiti.
Three years and seven months have passed since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Promises of “building back better” and not repeating the mistakes of the past from policymakers in the United States, the international community, and the Haitian government seem like a distant memory. The rallying cry of the international community sounds more like a disingenuous whimper, more than three years removed.
Many Haitians continue to experience poverty and crisis even though billions of dollars in aid were pledged, and many Haitians wonder where all of the money that was supposed to help them has gone. About 300,000 people continue to live in tent camps and many more are living in so-called transitional shelters.
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