After The Quake, Rebuilding Haiti From Brooklyn (City Limits)

The Port-au-Prince earthquake is four months in the past, but the suffering — and efforts by Haitians to raise funds to help survivors — goes on:

This week is a special one for Haitians: Today, May 18, is Haitian Flag Day, commemorating the day in 1803 when Haitian revolutionaries chose the blue-and-red banner to represent their country; on Thursday, Haitians worldwide mark the 267th birthday of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the former slave who helped lead the nation to independence.

This year’s celebrations are simultaneously more subdued and more focused, as the international Haitian community works to rebuild from the devastating earthquake that struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12, killing an estimated 230,000 people and leaving one million homeless… [read more]