Mourning, orphans, tent cities at center of focus as Haiti rebuilds
A man walks by a memorial for the victims of Haiti's earthquake on the one year anniversary,
January 12th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Mourning, orphans, tent cities at center of focus as Haiti rebuilds

A year after Haiti's devastating earthquake, some orphans remain in U.S. federal custody, awaiting adoption. They wonder whether they'll ever find homes.

As the anniversary of the devastating event is remembered today CNN is taking a look back at some of the people we met during the disaster and where thing stand.

For more coverage on Haiti:

Recounting the rescue of Haiti's orphans

Human Factor: Faith, miracles and a new reach in Haiti

Rubble, recovery and reconstruction

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  1. Sagine

    January 12th, 2010-January 12th, 2011--Who would have thought that it has been a year already????!!!!! WHAT HAVE WE DONE AT LEAST TO MAKE THE DEPARTED PROUD OF US...!!!!!
    Around this time last year, none of the more than 300,000 people knew it would have been their last day on this earth at 4:53PM and the minutes, hours and days that follow. Life was cut short and our heart has bled since then. I can still picture the day just like it happened yesterday. Most, not to say all, did not have the chance to say their final good-bye, to reconcile with their enemies or say their last prayers….May they all rest in peace and May the Almighty God received them in His Kingdom and have mercy on them …
    May we continue to commemorate life since no one knows when will be their last day, and stop taking everything for granted…for all those who survived especially my dad, my families, my in-laws, my friends, classmates and everyone else; remember that there is a reason for that...some still carry with them the wounds of that horrible day whether it is physically, emotionally, mentally or all at the same time. May God strengthens us and make us able to share the goodness with others.
    Remember to hold the door for someone, to give a smile, a hug, a kiss, saying good morning, good night, thank you, bless you, you’re welcome.….when was the last day you say I love you to someone and really mean it? Does it while you still alive, while you still can talk… do the least you can. Stop the racial slurs, the bullying, the fights and the hate….. It does not change anything but harden the hearts and close the doors to others and ourselves. Start with yourself, in your house, in your block and make it wider in the community and before you know it the whole world would be a better place.
    Haiti, a nation who survived everything: We are really really really resilient. NOU SE ROZO. May God continues pouring His Blessing upon us and do the change that needs to be done. We do not know the reason why some have the basics needs and others are struggling to taste it. My heart is saddened that everything has to happen that way. God is the Highest He knows why……..no questions can be asked.
    We wonder why the government is so invisible and love to see us that way. 12 whole months has passed and not even the palace has been rebuilt. Don’t they know that it hurts every time we see it that way??? It used to be the evidence that January 1804 was our independence year. 12 whole months has passed and our dear brothers and sisters are still leaving under sheets with nothing to protect them from the elements of nature and insecurity; they don’t even have the basic needs that human beings must have. Don’t they know that it is like January 12 all over again every time we look at them??? 12 whole months has passed and skeletons are still under rubbles. Don’t they realize that it is like swirling the knife deeper in the wound????? 12 whole months has passed and….. 12 whole months has passed and….. 12 whole months has passed and…..HUMMMM!!!!!!! Whoever thinks that it is OK needs to reevaluate themselves deeper…..IT IS NOT OK to torture people all over again in their minds and physically; that only creates MONSTERS. Our Haitian people are not…..they can make dinner and make the whole family, friends and neighbors eat with only the least that they have….they produce doctors, engineers, teachers, scientists, artists and many more when their parents do not even know how to read.. We have the magic touch…to welcome guests and make them feel at home with our exciting food and culture……do not let that die cause it does have values…..
    HAITIANS LET’S FIGHT THAT DISEASE WHICH IS KILLING US AND DIVIDING US. WE CAN DO IT BECAUSE LAST YEAR AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE WE SHOWED TO THE WORLD THAT WE CAN BE ONE. LET’S DO IT IN HONOR OF OUR LOVED ONES WHO DEPARTED. (L’UNION FAIT LA FORCE). LET’S STAND UP FOR OUR CULTURE AND COUNTRY CAUSE SO MANY WISHED THEY CAME FROM THE CARRIBEEAN OR EVEN BE A CREOLE JUST FOR OUR SUN, BEACHES, HUMILITY, LOVE, TENDERNESS, CULTURE ……..
    HAITI IS TOO RICH TO BE POOR……..

    January 12, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bleh

    There's no need for anyone else to post; ^^^^^ has used more words than the dictionary to say bleh bleh bleh....after the first 400 words I got bored.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |