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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2010 Haiti Quake Will Bring Back 2008 School Collapse Memories and Highlight Hatian Chidren's Plight

The memories of the 2008 Haitian school collapse are flooding our mind. That incident reminds us that many lives were lost due to the lack of equipment and wrong building codes. This earthquake will have caused far more damages. Haiti does not really have a good emergency force. Yes, the peace-keeping troups are still in Haiti. With the destruction of roads and their own equipment, there is not much they can do.

Haitians used their bare hands to rescue their kids and neighbors.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has been struggling to recover from widespread riots over rising food prices, a string of hurricanes and tropical storms that killed nearly 800 people.

Thousands of Haitian menial laborers live in collapse-prone hillside slums around the capital, Port-au-Prince, to be near the mansions of the foreign diplomats, U.N. staff and wealthy elite for whom they work.

Parents said they toiled endlessly throughout the year to afford the school's $1,500 tuition in hopes of empowering their children to someday escape poverty.

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