[ View the story "Haiti: 5 years on" on Storify] Haiti: 5 years on The Stream examines how the country has progressed since the 2010 earthquake.
The Stream· Thu, Jan 15 2015 16:18:14
On January 12, 2010, Haiti was
by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people and left 1.5 million others
. Although much has been done to rebuild Haiti over the last five years, the country
as the poorest in the Western hemisphere has
to achieve stability. Questions regarding the use of more than
in humanitarian aid have also contributed to the instability.
Haiti has also struggled politically. In the wake of anti-government protests, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe
from his post in December alongside several ministers. Speaking at an event commemorating the anniversary of the earthquake, Haitian President Michel Martelly
the public to put aside "personal problems" and "give Haiti a chance", reminding them of how they all came together to rebuild in the wake of the disaster.
“On this January 12, there was no Lavalas, there was no Makout, there was no deputy, there was no ‘my man,’ there was no white, there was no black,” he said. “All Haitians were victims, and all Haitians who were helping one another without discrimination.miamiherald.com
Nonetheless, critics have also called for President Martelly's resignation, alleging that he delayed scheduled elections in order to rule Haiti
. The Vine below reportedly shows demonstrators at an anti-government rally held this week.
Watch Mariana Atencio's Vine "Demonstrations in #Haiti begin with Voodoo rituals to bless the protesters. People chanting for Martelly to leave power" taken on 10 January 2015. It has 1 likes. Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion.Mariana Atencio
#Haiti says NO to dictatorship.No to American imperialism.No to Martelly, Down with UN/@MINUSTAH -Jan 11,2015 Protest
Still, there has been
on the ground. More than
90 per cent
of the 1.5 million people displaced by the disaster have been relocated from the tent camps. The video below features the stories of students who have been able to return to rebuilt schools.
UNICEF USA: Haiti Earthquake: Five Years Laterunicefusa
The Stream asked its community, "What does Haiti need to further rebuild the country?
@ElleDubG @AJStream: Agricultural education could also be revived. My grandfather's generation passed on land/farms to their children.Liberatedking
@AJStream #haiti needs solidarity from the Regional Bodies and Financial Support by the International Communities !!Miki Mikallete Wal
@AJStream it needs schools roads farms which are running properly. Simple things and south African rdp housesThabani Gama
What's affecting Haiti's ability to fully rebuild?
@AJStream Lets start with the $150 (reduced to 90) million gold Fracs paid to France for independence. Well, to compensate slave owners.aaron haynes
@AJStream It took over 100 years to pay back. Over $20 billion dollars that could've built a stronger Haiti. US & France are to blame.aaron haynes
it's funny how highly corrupt countries expect anything positive in their nations to ever happenZyphor
@mmbilal @AJStream The biggest Problem is the govt. of Haiti itself: extreme #corruption and withhelding of true aid measurements!Netzblockierer