Five years on, Haiti still crippled by quake – and political deadlock – France 24

Five years after the unprecedented category seven quake killed at least 300,000 people and left more that a million homeless, the nation paused for a “Day of Reflection and Commemoration.”President Michel Martelly led the official tributes, calling for unity to better prepare Haiti for its next challenge, but the government’s three-year failure to organize elections has undermined his authority.Laying flowers at a monument in Place St Christophe in the still damaged capital, he paid tribute to the sacrifice of Haitian and foreign rescuers who flocked to Port-au-Prince in 2010.“Five years later, are we ready to face other catastrophes that could strike Haiti?” he asked.Haiti’s most immediate challenge is not another natural disaster, however, but institutional breakdown combined with persistent poverty. via – France 24


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