News+Politics January 6, 2012
HAITI: Two Years After The Earthquake

Two years ago, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, killing thousands and leaving more than a million people homeless, while also levelling buildings and major pieces of essential infrastructure in the impoverished island nation.

While aid organizations and governments from around the world rushed to offer help in the immediate aftermath of the quake, the impact on Haiti's people and economy has been devastating, and the country has yet to recover: Large portions of the population remain homeless, many areas have yet to be rebuilt, and damaged infrastructure has affected sanitary conditions, making the spread of disease a major point of concern.


Last November, George travelled to Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, where he visited various NGOs and their operations in Haiti including a hospital, a school feeding program developed by the UN's World Food Programme, a camp for internally displaced persons, a film school and the Peace and Justice Academy, the first-ever free middle school in Haiti, which was founded by Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) in 2010.

While in Haiti, George interviewed a variety of people about the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, including APJ founder and acclaimed filmmaker Paul Haggis; Grammy-nominated musician Lolo from the band Boukman Eksperyans; Director of NPH Saint Damien Hospital Haiti, Father Rick Frechette; Haitian activist and former politician Patrick Elie; and many of the people who live and work in Haiti's tent camps, which still house over half a million people who were displaced by the 2010 earthquake.


Highlights from George's visit and his interviews with those working to help rebuild the country will air next Wednesday, January 11, at 11:05 p.m. on CBC TV with a special broadcast of the show, in which we look back at the two years that have passed since the disaster.

To see a gallery of images from George's trip, click on the images below:


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