IFRC: Haiti recovery could take a generationWednesday, 27 January, 2010
Swiss-based aid experts say that rebuilding Haiti’s shattered infrastructure could take as long as a generation. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says it’s determined to “build back better” after so much of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, was destroyed, but that it’s going be a very slow process and that the recovery operation must also take into account that people will need to be re-housed before the arrival of rains and possibly hurricanes.
WRS’s Catherine Allen spoke with IFRC spokesman Paul Conneally, who’s just returned from Haiti:
ICRC restoring links between Haitians and families abroadThursday, 21 January, 2010
Telecommunications were almost totally knocked out by the crushing earthquake in Haiti over a week ago, and communications remain one of the many logistical challenges for relief workers and survivors. Landlines are down. The mobile phone service is choppy at best.
The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross has launched an operation aimed at restoring family links. It’s encouraging Haitians to register that they’re safe and sound so the information can be shared with friends and family. WRS’s Jordan Davis is in Port-au-Prince and went along to find out more: