January 22, 2010
Haitian refugees search for better life outside capital city

It’s been 10 days since the quake in Haiti, and today, miraculously, a 69-year-old was pulled alive from the rubble.

But increasingly the focus is on recovering the dead — and improving conditions for many hundreds of thousands just trying to get by.

Officials say that 200,000 people have left the ruined capital, reversing decades of migration into Port-au-Prince.

At the same time, there is a plan to move some 400,000 people from squalid camps to cleaner, safer tent cities on the outskirts of the capital.

Rob Reynolds of Al Jazeera English reports on the situation in the capital:

In the early 1990’s, tens of thousands of Haitians tried to escape economic hardship and political repression by heading to the U.S. on small boats. Most were intercepted and set back to Haiti.

After the earthquake, another generation of Haitians is boarding boats in search of a better life.

Tony Birtley of Al Jazeera English reports on these evacuees:

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#2

Hi. Are you in need of any nursing support in the area. I am a emergency trauma nurse with 20 years experience. I am willing to volunteer with whatever and capable of funding my own transport to location.

#1

Bring them all to the USA, we have lots of jobs.

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