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Haiti Earthquake: 7 Teachable Moments For Students On The Disaster's Anniversary

First Posted: 01/11/11 10:27 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

As the world focuses its attention on the devastation that Haiti faces one year after a 7.0 quake, it can be hard for anyone to comprehend what a disaster like this means from a distance.

This can be especially hard for the youngest socially conscious citizens among us. But while the numbers of poverty, food shortage and homelessness are hard to imagine, they can provide valuable prompts for discussion about humanitarian issues, disasters and what role we as global citizens play.

With this in mind, The Huffington Post has compiled a list of seven topics to discuss with your favorite student of the world to contextualize a disaster of this scale and provide fodder for greater social responsibility at home.

What is a displaced person?
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Displaced people, as defined by the World Health Organization, are people who have had to leave their homes as a result of a natural, technological or deliberate event. As a result of the 7.0 quake, more than 1 million displaced people (including 380,000 children) are still in one of the 1,200 tent-and-shack encampments. According to the United Nations, approximately 650,000 people will still be living in camps at the end of this year.
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