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July 12th, 2010
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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Students help to clear the rubble of the Anglican Cathedrale Episcopale Sainte Trinite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday."]

Six months after quake, Haiti still suffers

(CNN) (CNN) - On January 12, the earth shook here. More than 220,000 people were killed. More than 300,000 people were injured. The city and large stretches of surrounding countryside were devastated.

Six months later, not much appears to have changed. It still looks like a bomb just dropped on this city.

The government has barely begun the cleanup process. Roads in the center of the city are still blocked by debris. And some experts predict that it could take up to 20 years to remove all of it.

"We have moved 250,000 cubic meters of rubble, which sounds like a lot, until you realize there's 20 million cubic meters of rubble here," said Imogen Wall, spokeswoman for the United Nations office of humanitarian affairs in Haiti.

The U.N. estimates 1.5 million people currently live in camps. That means roughly one in nine Haitians are homeless.

And Wall says the situation is so difficult that six months from now, it may still look the same. Read more

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  1. Mary

    You asked what Congress should tackle next? Closing Guantanamo! The President promised he'd do it. The President wants to do it. But, Congress does not want the prisoners to be jailed in the US. Come on folks; are we that incompetent that we can't keep them in a secure setting?? They (Republicans) just don't want the President to make good on his campaign promise. They have been gunning for the next election ever since this last one. Americans are SICK to death of this bi-partisen behavior.

    July 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  2. sherry

    I feel sorry for the people but they should not just sit and wait, do like we do when something bad happens get up dust your self off and stop waiting for some hand out. if you have to move that rubble by hand do it. build a shelter out of things that are just laying around. God helps those who help themselves.

    July 12, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  3. David

    Just watched your segment with Wyclef. He implied that Katrina and what happened in Haiti as one in the same. Problem is that Katrina was a U.S.A. problem and the hurricane that hit Haiti is their problem. When there is problem in the world everyone turns to the US for help and the US all ways helps. Are policy of helping everyone needs an overhaul. When the US can't take of the problems we have here at home then it's time to rethink our foreign policy. We send billions of dollars out of this country on daily basis. To what end? So the good ol' boys in washington redistibute the wealth. And Wyclef how do you know that the money that was pledged didn't already make it Haiti? Could be it did already did and the corupt officals just ain't telling.

    July 12, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  4. MeLoN

    If private citizens and companies want to donate money to rebuild Hait – fine but the US Government shouldn't give any / or any more. The US Government should be more concerned with rebuilding/fixing America.

    Where is the rest of the world in helping Haiti? Why is it the responsibility of the US to do it?

    July 12, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  5. Nikita

    Here's the real question, what has the government done with the money that they have received? Why is the Haitian government stalling on their own rebuilding of their country? I applaude what Clinton is doing but before you condemn the other nations who have given 10% that's still a large sum of money. What about the money that the US has given, all the charity drives that were done here where is that money? That was more than enough money for them to have started doing something by now!

    July 12, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  6. David

    Mornin', Are you people in the media that naive to believe that things in haiti are ever going to get better. there is so much corruption imbedded in the process of the aide money getting to where it needs to help the victims. It ain't never going to happen.Long before the earthquake the US had been sending Billions of dollars down there. What ever happened to all that money? The Haitian people as whole are looking for a Hand Out not a Hand Up.

    July 12, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  7. Barbara Nixon

    I learned yesterday that our church, First Presbyerian Church in Lakeland FL, is having problems getting our supplies for our mission trip to Haiti out of Customs in Port Au Prince. Our team arrives on Friday. Can anyone on the ground from CNN help?

    July 12, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  8. Muslim

    What are the IMF and World Bank doing in and to Haiti?

    What demands are they making of the Haitians that will impose on them difficulties to recover from the Earthquakes?

    July 12, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  9. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    It'll be years before Haiti is rebuilt. Haiti should have been "rebuilt" BEFORE the earthquake so one must not expect miracles. I hope things get better for the people suffering in Haiti.

    July 12, 2010 at 6:24 am |