Two years after the quake
Haiti and its approximately 4.3 million children continue to recover from the 2010 earthquake that killed some 220,000 people and displaced more than 1.6 million. Advances in education have been substantial, with over 1,200 schools repaired or constructed. Still, half of eligible children do not attend primary school.
Here…children attend class at St. Gérard School, rebuilt with UNICEF support, in Port-au-Prince.
© UNICEF/ /Marco Dormino
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One year after a devastating earthquake killed an estimated 222,000 people and left 1.5 million people homeless on January 12, 2010, Haitians continued to endure appalling living conditions amid a nationwide cholera outbreak, despite the largest humanitarian aid deployment in the world.
Now two years later, MSF is increasing hospital capacity in earthquake-affected areas as 500,000 people are still officially displaced and access to health care is nearly non-existent.
Photo: Haiti 2010 © Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR
Two years ago, Haiti unanimously passed a law sharply raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. That doesn’t sound like much (and it isn’t), but it was two and a half times the then-minimum of 24 cents an hour.
This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).
Obama administration put pressure on Haiti not to increase its minimum wage. (via redforgender)
I need to educate myself better about what companies use basically slave labor so I can avoid them. But unfortunately it’s probably a lot of them. :(
It’s things like this that Americans have a hard time wrapping their heads around. The US government is notorious for doing things like this, and when it backfires on them, they twist things in their favor.
Hope and change, anyone?
Corporations own this country and therefore, they own many other countries as well. It’s really sickening to see the people “in charge of us” choosing the bank statements of corporations over the general welfare of people.
Woman puts her hand near a crack on a wall as she waits for food distribution in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 27, 2010. A shallow 4.9 magnitude aftershock rattled western Haiti on Tuesday, two weeks after a killer 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria