The presidential palace was, at least at the time of my visit a little over a year ago, one of the most solid-looking buildings in
But as we drove around the potholed streets surrounding the plaza and saw the piles of garbage and rows of crumbling buildings located within a few blocks, I remember thinking of the everyday plight of ordinary Haitians.
Sadly, the building and its neighborhood have now collapsed. And no one knows how many people may be trapped in the rubble. Yesterday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake has left the presidential palace in ruins, as well as the national cathedral located downtown and a large hospital in the suburb of Pétionville. As the news continue to trickle in, I fear that many more parts of
As I read a series of real-time Twitter messages and blogs, I am reminded of the little time I spent in
*Ruxandra Guidiis a contributing blogger to AmericasQuarterly.org based in
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