“There are still people under the rubble. The count is not 100,000. There’s has to be at least [400,000] to 500,000 that are about to die.
I’m on the ground. The numbers are high. […] We spent the day picking up dead bodies. That’s all we did.” – Music artist Wyclef Jean talking to Fox News about what he’s seen on the ground in Haiti.
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Background information on Haiti’s security and economic situation
- The 12 January earthquake was the latest in a series of catastrophes Haiti has endured in the middle of a tenuous situation. Our Special Report on demographics featured Haiti, highlighting “the dilemma facing a country with an abundance of young people who have too few opportunities.”
- In July, Andrew Thomson reported on Haiti’s Annus Horribilis and how international leaders pledged to not give up on the country.
- The US Institute of Peace highlights UN military and police anti-gang operations in Haiti and the positive response from citizens in Confronting the Gangs of Port-au-Prince.