Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of Haiti’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people and left its capital, Port-au-Prince, in ruins. The country has recovered to some extent, notes Andrew Katz of Time magazine, but progress has been slim and Haitians still face many challenges. Katz adds:
Billions of dollars in promised aid haven’t yet been dispersed and may never trickle down far enough for victims to feel it. A new action plan by the U.N. found that at least 70% of Haitians lack access to electricity, 600,000 are food-insecure and 23% of children are out of primary schools. At least 172,000 people remain in 306 displacement camps, down significantly from a peak of 1.5 million, but often with little or no access to safe water, sanitation and waste disposal. Amnesty International claims that many camps are at risk of flooding during hurricane season and their residents are privy to forced evictions.
The above photo was taken by Reportage photographer Shaul Schwarz. who covered the disaster for Time Magazine back in 2010. See more of that work on the Reportage Web site.
Caption: Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Jan. 16, 2010: Natalie Tijor cries and mourns on the street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Saturday Jan 16th. Natalie Tijor lost both her parents in the earthquake. (Shaul Schwarz/Getty Images)