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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Quake Disaster Shouldn't Detract from Long-term Objectives

Haiti is still reeling from a devastating earthquake, but its leaders don’t want the humanitarian relief operation to detract from the country’s long-term development objectives and the Commission has offered its support, according to top officials. The earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, killed an estimated 200,000 people and left the capital in ruins. Counting the cost of the damage, both emotional and physical, is an enormous task, according to Mikael Barfod who recently returned from a post disaster needs assessment mission to Haiti. “The one thing that makes an impression more than anything else is perhaps the children,” said Mr Barfod, who is EuropeAid’s Head of Unit for geographical coordination of development assistance in the Caribbean, West and Central Africa. “They can’t go to school and they’re roaming around - in many cases they have lost relatives – it’s like they have lost their bearings on life.” To watch a video interview with Mr Barfod, click on the icon.

Source: European Commission