On this day in 2010, Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake was the strongest to strike the region in more than 200 years, according to History.com.
The quake left more than 200,000 people dead. Due to fear the decomposing bodies of victims could spread disease, trucks picked up thousands of bodies and dumped them into mass graves.
Buildings and dwellings in the extremely poor country were reduced to rubble, forcing many residents to move into extremely close quarters in “cities” made of tents and tarps. History.com says the earthquake made some 895,000 Haitians homeless though I’ve seen that number estimated as high as 2 million.
Sadly, five years after the earthquake, Amnesty International reports that thousands are still homeless.
But the good news is, the homeless number has dropped significantly. New roads, homes and schools have been built. The work is not done, however. As one earthquake survivor explains, Haiti is still in need of sustained support from the international community.