Five years later, Haiti struggles to recover from the day 'the Earth shook and buildings fell'

January 12, 2015 4:33 PM

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Five years later, Haiti struggles to recover from the day 'the Earth shook and buildings fell'

PORT-au-PRINCE, Haiti – In the five years since “the Earth shook and buildings fell,” several Haitians say the island nation’s recovery inches along amid wrenching poverty, food shortages and widespread misery despite billions in international aid and the permanent presence of a UN aid force.

The Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake and its aftermath killed more than 200,000 people, left nearly 900,000 homeless and buried the impoverished nation under rubble and dead bodies. The magnitude 7 temblor, made all the more destructive by Haiti’s shaky infrastructure, was one of the most savage and destru...

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