Five years ago today Haiti – the western hemisphere’s poorest country – was devastated by an earthquake that killed some 300,000 people. Haitian officials, the U.S. and other donor countries promised to “build back Haiti better.” But so far the question is whether they’ve been able to build back Haiti… much at all.
“What’s important is to have a great lieutenant governor,” Governor Scott said at a press conference announcing the appointment of Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as lieutenant governor. But, Scott added, “I love the fact he’s Hispanic.”
On The Florida Roundup: After a nine-month vacancy, Gov. Rick Scott picks a new lieutenant governor. Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera becomes the first Hispanic to hold the position.
The governor’s other announcement this week was a $40 million increase for the Department of Children and Families and child abuse investigations, after the deaths of dozens of children who had contact with the agency. But is money the issue? Or the constant turnover in who leads DCF, which still has an interim secretary?
Right after Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people, I rode in a U.S. Army helicopter ferrying food and medical supplies into demolished Port-au-Prince neighborhoods.
As we descended near the suburb of Pétionville, and as corpses became visible amid the ruins and campfire smoke billowed up in our faces, the pilot said he couldn’t put us down. Too many people were running to the landing spot, and they risked being killed by the chopper rotors.
Reporter Patricia Sagastume spoke with poet Kwame Dawes about one specific love story within Voices of Haiti.
The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti demolished the country's health care system along with everything else.
But from the ruins came Voices of Haiti -- an odyssey in verse that grew out of a commission from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to document HIV/AIDS after the quake. The multimedia project, which came to the University of Miami this year, blends Haitian voices to conjure up images of strength, hope and faith.
All this week we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago. A prosthetic technician from Boston helped Fabienne get a replacement leg.
He hoped to help her recover in other ways too: to start a business, buy a house and open up a dance studio.
But none of these things came to pass. Late spring, Fabienne was struggling to find money to take care of her bedridden mother and adopted daughter.
In the final installment of our series, Jacob Kushner tells us where she is now.
All week long we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago this month.
A prosthetic technician from Boston heard her story and fitted Fabienne with a fake leg. He tried to help Fabienne recover in other ways too. He hatched plans to help her start her business, buy a house and open a dance studio to raise money for Haitian amputees.
But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered, Fabienne's recovery has been a slow, frustrating process.
01/08/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian Laurent Dubois, author of HAITI: The Aftershocks of History. Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption. Dubois says Haiti can only be understood by its complex past and inception as the only successful slave revolt in world history. Can a new Haiti emerge from its legacy?
Video: Laurent Dubois talks about What We Must Know in Order to Help Haiti:
Yesterday we began the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake that devastated Haiti three years ago this month. A prosthetic technician from Boston promised to help Fabienne dance again. But he didn't stop there. He wanted to help her put the rest of her life back together too.
In the second part of our week-long series, Jacob Kushner tells us how difficult their task would become.