Local Haitian communities take initiative in responding to earthquake

By Allyn Gaestel

24 January 2010 [MediaGlobal]: The 12 January earthquake in Haiti caused huge destruction in the country, as is well chronicled in the international media. But the coverage has focused on Port-au-Prince, the capital city, where 30 percent of the city was leveled and an unverified number of people died. However, small towns have also been severely affected and international humanitarian organizations have been slow to acknowledge and address the needs of the more isolated areas. In their absence, local governments and community organizations have attempted to deal with the crisis independently, but many towns lack the infrastructure to deal with the enormous social and physical changes that have occurred…Read full article