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Haiti Jan 2010 Earthquake in Haiti. .

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Old 31 Jan 10, 11:12
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Three Weeks On

UN to start major Haiti food distribution programme

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Sixteen sites have been set up across the city with the aim of reaching two million people over two weeks.
More at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8489790.stm

Haiti's 'ghost' tent villages

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It's the first proper tent encampment to be built since the earthquake. Along a high concrete wall workers are digging latrines, and building shower blocks.
In a few days from now 3,000 refugees from the centre of Port-au-Prince will start moving in here. But they will be the lucky few.
More at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8488728.stm
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Old 31 Jan 10, 12:45
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This is a battle that can't be won.The problem is so much deeper than the quake.This quote from the BBC article Gcoyote linked to sums it up: "Further on I find a young mother and her seven children squatting in a tiny shack they have fashioned out of sticks and old blankets." I don't know how "young" she is,but she's got seven kids.If she's still "young" she'll probably have a few more.Chances are,she would have a problem feeding herself and just one of her kids prior to the quake.Why the hell is she having so many kids?She can't blame that on the rest of the world.If the women like her in Haiti could keep their damn legs closed,maybe this disaster wouldn't be so bad.
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This is indeed the other side of the story, the one the media won't cover - WHY Haiti is so poverty-stricken and backwards...
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This is indeed the other side of the story, the one the media won't cover - WHY Haiti is so poverty-stricken and backwards...
Well some of the articles I've read, granted they are far left writers, blame the good old USA and France. France for demanding and getting compensation back in 1825 for the loss of Haiti, the USA for not recognizing Haiti until 1862 , the 20 years of direct USA rule, for backing the Duvalier family and of course the USA for deposing Saint Aristide
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My research indicates that the population of Haiti went from about 3,100,000 in 1950 to about 9,500,000 today. As Gixxer86g said Haiti's woes are much deeper then the Earthquake. They can't even begin to fix their problems until the stabilize the population.
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