Slowly But Surely, Life Goes On In Haiti : The Picture Show Many Haitians have been moved from their makeshift tent villages to displacement camps outside Port-au-Prince. But the question remains: What is next?
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Slowly But Surely, Life Goes On In Haiti

Slowly But Surely, Life Goes On In Haiti

NPR photographer David Gilkey is back in Haiti, along with reporter Jason Beaubien. He has been there periodically since the January earthquake left Port-au-Prince devastated, and has this latest update.

On the phone this morning, David reported that recovery in Haiti seems "kind of stuck," but, he added, "it's not hopeless." He and Beaubien sent their reports after traveling a few miles out of Port-au-Prince to Camp Corail.

For the past few weeks, displaced Haitians, who had been living in makeshift tent villages in downtown Port-au-Prince, have been moved to encampments like this one in Croix-Des-Bouquets. According to David, it's clean, orderly and quiet.

The problem, though, is the commute. There's no way to make a living at a camp like Corail, and the commute into town is too costly for many. "People are reluctant to leave what little life they’ve carved out for themselves [in Port-au-Prince]," David says. Because although Haitians are living in makeshift camps downtown, life seems to go on. "If the camp you’re in is home, why would you move to purgatory?"

In Port-au-Prince, vendors are back on the streets, children are back in schools and "things seem very normal, considering the circumstances," David says. Haiti's reconstruction is still a huge and daunting task, but at least the energy has calmed — for now, anyway.

On Morning Edition, Beaubien discussed the conditions with host Steve Inskeep:

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