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Haiti numbers – 27 days after the quake

February 10, 2010

by Bill Quigley

These roomy tents are for United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) staff members whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake. Most other Haitians must make do with a bedsheet for shelter or nothing at all, and thousands are dying daily. Some speculate that tents are being withheld to force Haitians out of Port au Prince. – Photo: Sophia Paris, U.N.
890 million. Amount of international debt that Haiti owes creditors. Finance ministers from developing countries announced they will forgive $290 million. Source: Wall Street Journal

644 million. Donations for Haiti to private organizations have exceeded $644 million. Over $200 million has gone to the Red Cross, who had 15 people working on health projects in Haiti before the earthquake. About $40 million has gone to Partners in Health, which had 5,000 people working on health in Haiti before the quake. Source: New York Times

1 million. People still homeless or needing shelter in Haiti. Source: MSNBC

1 million. People who have been given food by the U.N. World Food Program in Port au Prince – another million in Port au Prince still need help. Source: U.N. World Food Program

300,000. People injured in the earthquake, as reported by Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. Source: CNN

212,000. People killed by the earthquake, as reported by Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. Source: CNN

63,000. There are 63,000 pregnant women among the people displaced by the earthquake; 7,000 women will deliver their children each month. Source: U.N. Populations Fund

17,000. Number of United States troops stationed on or off the coast of Haiti, down from a high of 22,000. Source: AFP

9,000. United Nations troops in Haiti. Source: Miami Herald

7,000. Number of tents distributed by the United Nations. Source: Miami Herald. President Preval of Haiti has asked for 200,000 tents. Source: Reuters

4,000. Number of amputations performed in Haiti since the earthquake. Source: AFP

900. Number of latrines that have been dug for the people displaced from their homes. Another 950,000 people still need sanitation. Source: New York Times

Haitians hired by the U.N. Development Program’s Cash for Work project clear rubble in Martissant, a suburb of Port au Prince near the epicenter of the quake, as other men and women wait for tools. They’re paid $4.47 per day. – Photo: Adam Rogers, UNDP
75. An hourly wage of 75 cents per hour is paid by the United Nations Development Program to people in Haiti who have been hired to help in the cleanup. The UNDP is paying 30,000 people to help clean up Haiti 180 Haitian Gourdes ($4.47) for six hours of work. The program hopes to hire 100,000 people. Source: United Nations news briefing

1.25. The U.S. is pledged to spend as much as $379 million in Haitian relief. This is about $1.25 for each person in the United States. Source: Canadian Press

1. For every $1.00 of U.S. aid to Haiti, 42 cents is for disaster assistance, 33 cents is for the U.S. military, 9 cents is for food, 9 cents is to transport the food, 5 cents is to pay Haitians to help with recovery effort, 1 cent is for the Haitian government and ½ a cent is for the government of the Dominican Republic. Source: Associated Press

Bill Quigley has visited Haiti numerous times working for human rights. He is legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. His email is quigley77@gmail.com.

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