Today we found a story on Haiti from a newspaper other than the Miami Herald... From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writer Rick Wills talks to Dr. Rosemary Edwards, a pathologist at Butler Memorial Hospital; who just got back from Haiti.
"Port-au-Prince was getting back to its frenetic chaos," Edwards, 51, a pathologist at Butler Memorial Hospital, said Thursday.
If life in Haiti is more predictable than five months ago, the country -- dysfunctional and poverty-plagued before a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake -- is looking at years of challenges.
The six-month anniversary of the quake is Monday. At least 1.5 million Haitians now inhabit cramped tent settlements.
"It is really surreal. People are living very close together," Edwards said. "My fear is that people will get used to living there, and the tent cities will become permanent."
In the short term, tropical rains are soaking the capital daily three weeks into hurricane season, while construction is being held up by land disputes and customs delays. More than 100,000 homes destroyed by the earthquake, in addition to 1,300 schools and 50 hospitals, must be rebuilt.
"It is really slow-going there. Because institutions there are so weak, it becomes difficult to absorb aid and difficult to rebuild," said Susan K. Purcell, director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami.