On January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Haiti, its epicentre ten miles west of the capital. Already the poorest country in the Americas, within a few moments the country collapsed into chaos. Some 316,000 people – nearly one sixth of the population – were killed and 1.5 million made homeless.
In January of this year, I travelled to Haiti with the NGO Care International to see where the billions of dollars of aid money had been spent. Although some earthquake victims have found shelter in slum dwellings, over 350,000 still live in tent communities or sleep rough. Lawless gangs roam the streets, the murder rate is one of the highest in the world and the government remains too weak to take control.