Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Staggering destruction

Staggering level of destruction & suffering in Haiti. Along with homes of the rich & poor, hospitals & schools, the quake wrecked what symbols of institutional stability the nation had: parliament; presidential palace, cathedral, United Nations headquarters, banks. Haiti barely functioned as a nation for its citizens before the quake. The primary task of the United Nations presence was to prevent chaos.

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