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Waters Statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

January 12, 2015
Press Release

Waters Statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters released a statement today on the fifth anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Following the earthquake, Rep. Waters led the efforts in Congress to ensure the cancellation of Haiti's international debts and support free and fair elections. She also worked with her colleagues to address the cholera epidemic and provide oversight of the earthquake recovery funding.

"Five years ago today, a devastating earthquake brought Haiti to the brink. With 230,000 people dead and 1.3 million people displaced from their homes, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti culminated into one of world's most costly and deadly natural disasters in recent memory. The 2010 earthquake cost the people of Haiti dearly but it did not break their soul. The perseverance and resolve of Haitians to rebuild their nation in the wake of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is one of the most compelling narratives of our generation.

"Though much has been done in the effort to rebuild the country, much more is needed to ensure Haiti has a viable housing sector, a growing economy, a reliable healthcare system and the political stability to bring Haiti back to a better state. As I have done so many times prior, I urge the international community to play a role in rebuilding Haiti. I stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti and remain a vocal advocate in support of the country's economic and political recovery."