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One Year Commemoration of Haiti's Earthquake

One Year Commemoration of Haiti's Earthquake

  • One Year Commemoration of Haiti's Earthquake
    One Year Commemoration of Haiti's Earthquake

    January 11, 2011 - One year ago, on January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the nation of Haiti and took the lives of more than 200,000 people. Hundreds of thousands more were injured and more than a million were left homeless. Buildings crumbled and recent economic growth was erased in a matter of seconds. As we mark this day, let us pause to remember all those who lost their lives or loved ones in this tragedy. Here at the State Department and USAID, we also honor the service and sacrifice of our friends and colleagues who were lost and those who have tenaciously persevered, selflessly dedicating themselves to rebuilding Haiti. 

  • Progress in Haiti Is Slow, but Real
    Progress in Haiti Is Slow, but Real

    January 9, 2011 - When I arrived in Haiti as ambassador, unemployment was rampant, the government could not provide basic services such as education and health care, and only 12 percent of the population had access to electricity. And that was in August 2009 - months before the devastating earthquake that struck the country almost one year ago.  

 

Fact Sheets 2011