Tens of thousands living in uncertainty in post-earthquake, Canaan settlement


Four years after the earthquake, Haiti looks to turn disaster into promise

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Jan 11, 2014

CANAAN, Haiti -- The sun-baked cinderblocks in Claude Saint-Elys’ dirt yard are an eroding reminder of the dream: a two-bedroom house with enough room for him, his wife and five surviving children. “We have rocks and blocks. That’s it,” Saint-Elys, who lost his 5-year-old son in the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, said about building his dream home on this barren hillside north of Haiti’s capital.

Across the way, down a dirt road, truck driver Mackenson Chery is building his dream brick by brick. Chery’s spacious home is partly walled-in with newly cemented blocks and covered with shining zinc sheeting. “We help each other around here,” Chery, 33, said. “It’s us, the mosquitoes and the dust balls.”

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