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Resilient Haitians Battle Chaos and Despair in Quest for Normalcy (VIDEOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 5:57 PM

In May, four months after Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake, we searched for signs that life in Port-au-Prince had returned to normal. What we found was that the rebuilding process was in many ways a building process for so much of the country's infrastructure.

So, "returning to normal"...

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Mass Protests Begin in Haiti

(6) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 1:41 PM

In the Haitian capital's first major opposition rally since the devastating January 12th earthquake, protesters demanded Monday that President Rene Preval step down.

Angry demonstrators marched several miles from Cite Soleil, the capital's poorest area, to the destroyed Presidential Palace, calling for the reinstatement of exiled leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Many...

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Haitians Surrender to Destiny But Battle for Better Tomorrow

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 12:36 PM


Upon arrival in Haiti, I was struck by the nonchalance of the first baggage handlers, street vendors, and cops that I saw. Despite a harrowing natural disaster that befell the dirt-poor Caribbean country just four months ago, the humdrum of daily life here goes...

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