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27 Days After the Quake

Haiti by the Numbers

by BILL QUIGLEY

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 exceed $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 UN World Food Program in Port au Prince – another million in Port au Prince still need help.  Source: UN World Food Program.

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

212,000.   People reported killed by earthquake 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:  UN Populations Fund.

17,000.  Number of United States troops stationed on or off coast in 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 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.

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 clean up.   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 one dollar 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 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 is Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. He can be reached at: duprestars@yahoo.com.