Haiti Earthquake: 5 Years Later, Country Still Feeling Aftershocks

A look at the country and how it deals with rebuilding.

Five years later, we returned to see how Haitians are recovering, and while the country is still feeling the aftershocks of that natural disaster, it has also made significant progress.

Haiti is often cited as the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere with roughly 60 percent of its population living on less than $2 a day. Despite this severe blow to an already struggling economy, an overwhelming majority of the 1.5 million people left homeless by the quake have been resettled. Thousands of new homes as well as hospitals, schools and roads have been built.

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“Having those elections, free fair elections, a functioning parliament and eventually voting for a new president – we need to have this process done in a peaceful manner," said de Caen. “When you look at issues of poverty here… we’ve seen a lot of growth in the last five years and we don’t want to go back."

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