I have not personally visited Port-au-Prince lately and have only been updated from others who are there or who have come here to the Dominican Republic from there. It sounds as though little has really changed in terms of removing rubble and creating housing for the tent communities. Around the time of the first round of the presidential elections in November 2010, I wrote an article that is linked below after speaking to Haitians here in the Dominican Republic, without doing any research and forming an opinion from any other sources. My opinion is not included in this article and it just simply captures the views of the several Haitians I spoke with here.
Between the first round and second round of the elections, there was much talk as Jean Claude Duvalier returned to the country after being exiled for 25 years I believe, returned to the country. This caused quite a bit of talk and commotion. Shortly after, there was quite a bit of talk that other former president in exile Aristide had returned. There was some talk that Duvalier, at least, would try to enter into the elections but it was secure that it wouldn't be allowed as his time out of the country would put him out of the running, not to mention the first round had already been completed. I realize that it is not interesting or encouraging to hear that we have been unable to make any headway toward setting up simple, sustainable, and work providing cafeterias in the tent cities or at least the one in Plas Mozole right in downtown Port-au-Prince because we have had absolutely no funds to work with, but that is the truth. Still, it would be a wonderful service and I truly believe that we have a design that would practically work and put the responsibility in the hands of the people. But nothing can be done without funds.
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