The date January 12, 2010 will forever be etched into the minds of the people of Haiti. One year after the biggest natural disaster in the country’s history, the residents are still coming to copes with magnitude of the crippling earthquake that took 230,000 lives.
Today (January 12), many people reportedly wore white, a color associated with mourning in Haiti, and sang hymns while navigating through collapsed buildings and rubble caused by the quake.
President Rene Preval and former U.S. President Bill Clinton attended a ceremony to create an earthquake memorial at the National Tax Office, where many workers were killed in one of the blows to the public sector that helped paralyze the government following the earthquake.
The people are prideful, but in the 12 months since the earthquake, there is still pressing issues that the Haitian government is still trying to tackle.
At least a million displaced people, including 380,000 children, are still in some 1,200 tent-and-shack encampments that sprung up after the quake.
Aid groups say only about 5 percent of the rubble from the quake has been removed and the capital is cluttered with some 20 million cubic yards of collapsed concrete.
And despite the compassion of many who pledged billions in promised aid, the government of Haiti has only received $824 million of $4.6 billion pledged.