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Voices: Haiti, still suffering 5 years after earthquake – USA Today


About 1.5 million people were living in tent cities crammed into every open space in this capital city. Some were packed into public parks. Some emerged on the medians of roads, nothing but plastic tarps protecting them from the cars screaming past. High up in the mountains, an entire golf course gave way to a tightly packed cluster of makeshift shelters held up by whatever pieces of wood and debris people could find.I left the country shell-shocked and depressed, but hopeful that those tent cities would soon be gone, replaced by rebuilt homes and new neighborhoods. Unfortunately, I was wrong.Like so many others, Lebrun Ruth’s home was destroyed by the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, that killed more than 230,000. The street vendor took her two daughters and joined hundreds of others who had started building a tent city nearby.Two years later, Ruth moved to another, smaller tent city closer to downtown. The people there worked together, she said, sharing food, sharing firewood. They helped each other solidify their structures, hammering support beams into their tents, adding doors where they could. via USA Today

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