Take Two for January 11, 2013

Three years since Haiti earthquake, there's still work to be done

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A view of a tent city is seen on January 8, 2013 in Marassa, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. Three years after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, 360,000 people are still living under tarps: among them, the inhabitants of the camps 'Marassa', located northeast of Port-au-Prince, who feel abandoned by everyone. About 750 families, or 5,000 people, coexist in these makeshift camps three 'Marassa' 9, 10 and 14, under the permanent threat of a large river that runs through the neighborhood.

Saturday marks three years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the impoverished Caribbean island nation of Haiti. The quake caused tremendous damage in some of the country's major cities, including the capital of Port-Au-Prince. 

The Haitian government estimates that more than 300,000 people died, while hundreds of thousands more were left injured and homeless. The tragedy generated a huge humanitarian response from the outside world. 

Many countries pledged millions of dollars in aid and dispatched hundreds of rescue and medical teams. Among those who went to help was Dr. Megan Coffee, an infectious disease specialist who left Berkeley, California for Haiti only days after the quake.

She's been working there since, in the State General Hospital in Port-Au-Prince, and joins the show to give us an update on the progress and the work that still needs to be done. 


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