Haiti Experiences Devastation After Sandy

Haiti Experiences Devastation After Sandy


Haiti, the tiny island in the Caribbean and one of the poorest countries in the world, experienced severe infrastructure devastation and 52 deaths caused by hurricane Sandy. 200,000 people are currently homeless as a direct result of the hurricane. Still suffering from the damage of Issac earlier this summer and the earthquake from nearly three years ago, Haiti is again ripe for a devastating cholera outbreak, food shortages, and food price spikes. Crop damage, especially banana and coffee, is expected and the loss of livestock will hurt many farmers.

With all of the infrastructure damage and humanitarian efforts that are perpetually underway the Security Council recently extended the UN Haiti Mission for one year until October 15, 2013. The UN Haiti Mission creates development programs that help bring Haitians to self-sufficiency like the inland fish farm written about in September, or the recent infrastructure project that got underway in Port-au-Prince that will help rebuild streets and roadways.

Security Council Meeting: Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Photo: United Nations)

Here is a telling video from the Washington Post that shows some of the devastation first hand and how those still living in the tent cities are faring.

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  1. Thank you Jennifer for bringing the situation in Haiti to light. I have always felt deeply saddened by what has occurred in Haiti and sincerely hope to volunteer there someday. There is so much poverty and it is hard to believe how close Haiti is to the US.

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