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Hans-Ulrich Dillmann – DW – Thursday, 17 January 2013 (originally published 10 Jan)

Two Haitian women

Image: Ulrich Dillmann

After the earthquake that devastated Haiti, women, especially, joined forces to rebuild without waiting for the weak state to step in. Three years on, their work is far from over.

“When it rains, it’s quickly flooded here,” says Jacqueline Dovielle, pointing to a mango grove.” After Hurricane Sandy, everything here was underwater. Luckily, there weren’t tents here anymore.”

Earlier on, some 350 tents were standing among the mango trees, a temporary shelter where residents of Carrefour Dufort, a village 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the capital, Port-au-Prince, took refuge after the earthquake on January 12, 2010. The quake that struck around 5 p.m. that day had destroyed or badly damaged nearly every house in the village, which was merely 5 kilometers away from the epicenter. More than 220,000 people in Port-au-Prince and the southern coast were killed . . .

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