Haiti A Year Later
A year after an earthquake devastated Haiti in January 2010, NPR chronicles the country's attempts to repair the physical and psychological damage that remains.
A woman walks through a tent city outside the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, Dec. 13, 2010. Nearly a year after a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed Port-Au-Prince, more than 1.5 million people remain homeless amid a challenging and slow recovery process.
The effects of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti last year are everywhere. Rubble still covers much of the capital. More than 1 million people remain in improvised huts in makeshift encampments. Some progress is being made, but it's coming slowly.
January 11, 2011 After Haiti's devastating earthquake last year, Americans gave nearly $2 billion to hundreds of charities. But one year later, much of that money remains unspent, and criticism is mounting that the international aid response has not moved fast enough to alleviate survivors' suffering.
January 11, 2011 Nearly 100,000 squatters have taken things into their own hands — and taken to the hills of Haiti. Take a tour of a community known as Cabaret with this short stop-motion video.
January 11, 2011 Housing remains one of the biggest challenges facing Haiti after an earthquake destroyed much of the capital last year. But recently, thousands of people who've grown tired of living in temporary camps have started building houses in scrubby, vacant hills north of the capital.
January 12, 2011 One of the biggest stumbling blocks to rebuilding in Haiti is removing the tons of rubble left after the devastating earthquake. Bulldozers can't reach some of the country's dense hillside communities, so residents are using hand-cranked crushing machines to collect and remove debris.
January 12, 2011 NPR photographer David Gilkey revisits a few key locations in Haiti one year after the massive earthquake devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, and left more than 200,000 people dead. Conditions in some locations have improved in the past year; others changed very little.
January 14, 2011 Earthquake engineers say many casualties in the Haiti earthquake could have been avoided if buildings had been built better. So now engineers are trying to improve construction standards as the country rebuilds. But they face two key challenges: poverty and corruption.
January 15, 2011 Last January, Romel Joseph found himself trapped under the rubble of the collapsed school he founded in Port-au-Prince; his pregnant wife was killed. A year later, he has regained enough strength to start playing music again and is making good on a promise to rebuild the school.
January 21, 2011 With the political chaos stemming from disputed elections, President Rene Preval is under increasing pressure. The political instability engulfing Haiti is just the latest trouble for Preval, who has been widely criticized for his handling of the aftermath of last year's earthquake.