Probably, Ben and I should have escaped to Kenscoff or the beach this week to ignore the anniversary buzz and nurture ourselves. Instead, I am torturing myself by reading every 2-year anniversary article, editorial and reflection that crosses my desk [meaning my lap, really] via google, twitter, facebook, email and the local newspaper. Believe me, there are a lot. Haiti-philes are usually prolific in their research and analysis; aid groups have a lot of explaining and defending to do; and the mainstream media is capitalizing on the anniversary as a time when more people are paying attention.
A random assortment of things that I've read have stood out to me.
For reality (& sobering statistics):
Haiti 2 years later: Half a million still in camps (Trenton Daniel, AP)
Haiti: Seven Places Where the Earthquake Money Did and Did Not Go (Ramanauskas and Quigley)
Did you drink Soup? Strains on Solidarity in Haiti (Mark Schuller, Huffpost)
For overall depth of coverage:
Haiti Experiences Progress, exasperation 2 years after quake (Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald)
Two Years Later, Where is the Outrage? (Let Haiti Live, Melinda Miles)
Les Nanti's d'Haiti (Paolo Woods' photographs of Haitian elite in Le Monde)
A Stubborn Savior: Is Bill Clinton Haiti's Hope for Salvation? (Marc Hujer, Der Spiegel)
It's Haiti Week over at the Cartoon Movement, a great collaborative of political cartoonists from around the world. Today's cartoon, Haiti: Paradigm Shift, was especially excellent.
An awkward translation from English into... English of the article I co-authored last week on grassroots housing alternatives:
And for a truly bright spot in a week of mostly tragic, condemning news coverage:
Haiti Can be Rich Again (Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jenson, NYT op ed)