Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tour of Port au Prince


Thoughts on PaP. The damage was not as widespread as I had imagined. There are tent cities throughout & the Red Cross has provided 100s of port-o-potties. UN personnel are very apparent in military garb with rifles. Although the earthquake damage has not destroyed the city, there are neighborhoods with blocks of crumbled ruins. Much looks untouched in the 7 months since the earthquake. Lots of traffic with apparently few rules and tap-taps (colorful make-shift taxis) everywhere.

It will be years if not decades before the rubble is completely removed. The efforts we saw today were made with wheelbarrows and five gallon buckets. Where is the massive international cleanup effort? What has happened with the generous donations from around the world?

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