July 12, 2010
Exactly six months
after Haiti was struck by a deadly earthquake, aid agencies are still
struggling to care for over a million hungry and homeless people.
The 7.0 quake on January 12 – the
worst in the Caribbean nation’s history – killed 230,000 people,
destroyed 250,000 homes and displaced millions of people.
Though countries across the globe
pledged billions in aid, rebuilding shattered lives has proven to be
slow and challenging.
About 1.5 million people, which
is one-sixth of the Haitian population, are still living in makeshift
camps. Another 1.2 million people rely on aid agencies for clean water.
As reconstruction takes
inordinately long, Haitians are frustrated and losing faith.
Jazeera’s Lucia Newman, reporting from the capital Port-au-Prince, said:
"Most people in Haiti don’t even know that today marks the six month
anniversary since the earthquake struck this country.
"They take things day by day here
and now that we’re in the middle of rainy season, it’s even more
dangerous for hundreds of makeshift homes to stay up and people have
remained in the same tents simply because they have no where else to
Newman reports on a family of
four whom Al Jazeera has been following ever since the earthquake to see
how they have been coping.