Haiti -- One Year Later

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    People pray together during a memorial service near the Presidential Palace one year to the date of the massive earthquake that jolted the city in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Haitians remembered the date with prayer services and other events in memory of the estimated 300,000 people that were killed last year.

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    Mourners walk past tents housing earthquake survivors outside the destroyed Port-au-Prince cathedral.

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    A mourner holds rosary beads outside the destroyed Port-au-Prince cathedral. Today is the one-year anniversary of the magnitude 7.0 Haitian earthquake which killed over 200,000 people.

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    Former US president and UN special envoy Bill Clinton speaks at the reopening of the Hyppolite iron market in Port-au-Prince. The market, built in 1891, was first destroyed by fire in 2008 and then again in last year's earthquake.

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    A boy walks through the destroyed Port-au-Prince cathedral prior to attending services.

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    People walk through the a main street one day before the one year anniversary of the massive earthquake that destroyed a large part of the city in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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    A painting against a wall destroyed by last year's earthquake on a stret corner in Port-au-Prince.

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    A man places a wreath on a cross before a service to commemorate those killed in the earthquake at Titanyen-where many victims were buried in mass graves on the outskirts of the city in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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    People displaced by the massive earthquake continue to live in tents in front the rubble of the Presidential Palace one year to the date of the massive earthquake that jolted the city.

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    Residents stand near an abandoned airplane in the middle of La Piste camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The camp is located on a former military airport and houses approximately 50,000 Haitians displaced by the earthquake.

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    Jasmine Bonhamme, 20, walks for the first time in her prosthetic leg as she is helped by Jason Miller, the rehabilitation director, from the University of Miami Global Institute Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Jasmine lost her leg during the massive earthquake when she was studying atop the roof of her home and it collapsed trapping her leg, which eventually had to be amputated.

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STEVE CHIOTAKIS: A year ago today, in Haiti, time stopped. Not that Haiti -- one of the western hemisphere's poorest countries -- had progressed much into the 21st century. Let alone the 20th. But when a massive earthquake jolted the country to 7.0 on the Richter scale, the devastation was beyond belief.

Tracy Wilkinson is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and she's with us from Port-au-Prince. Hi Tracy.

TRACEY WILKINSON: Hi. How are you?

CHIOTAKIS: Doing well. How are people doing economically in Haiti one year later? What's going on there?

WILKINSON: There's a lot of frustration at the very low pace of recovery. Perhaps nearly a million people are still living in tents and that kinds of precarious shelter. Many many many people are still unemployed -- no jobs. If they had jobs before, they've not been able to become reemployed.

CHIOTAKIS: How are people getting by, Tracy?

WILKINSON: Very much hand to mouth. There is a lot of food and water from the international community, the charity agencies. some people receive remittances from relatives abroad, and live by that. That's how they're getting by.

CHIOTAKIS: Where are we right now in the relief efforts, Tracy? how is money being funneled into Haiti?

WILKINSON: Different ways, and that's been one of the problems. A lot of foreign governments and some of the agencies are reluctant to give money directly to the Haitian government for a variety of reasons including a history of corruption. So money has come very slowly through that route. There is what they call a cluster of aid agencies under the offices of mostly the United Nations that funnel a lot of the money as well.

CHIOTAKIS: Tracy Wilkinson, reporter for the LA Times. Tracy, thank you so much.

WILKINSON: Thank you.


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