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Haiti waits for U.S. money
When I landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti five months after the devastating earthquake, I was shocked by the rubble. Of course, I didn’t expect the country would be completely repaired. But I also didn’t expect it to look as if the earthquake had hit the day before. But the rubble was taller than I am in places. It blocked roads and bridges. Everywhere I turned, people slept in tents. They even slept in tents on highway medians.
And apparently, four months hasn’t made much of a difference. The AP reports:
Nearly nine months after the earthquake, more than a million Haitians still live on the streets between piles of rubble. One reason: Not a cent of the $1.15 billion the U.S. promised for rebuilding has arrived.
The money was pledged by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in March for use this year in rebuilding. The U.S. has already spent more than $1.1 billion on post-quake relief, but without long-term funds, the reconstruction of the wrecked capital cannot begin.
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