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On quake anniversary, Haiti still faces 'long haul'

In the aftermath of Haiti's killer earthquake in January, U.S. officials estimated that 18 percent of Haiti's civil servants had died.

It turns out the toll is much worse.

As Haitians marked the quake's six-month anniversary Monday, a State Department official said the latest figures showed "upwards of 30%" of the country's government workers had perished. That is complicating efforts to get the bureaucracy up and running again.

"They have lost a lot of people," Cheryl Mills, chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told reporters. She said the United States was loaning technical experts to Haiti to help out, and donors were establishing "coordination centers" in Haitian ministries to train workers.

But rebuilding the government, she said, would be a "long haul."

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | July 12, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
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That's simply incredible. And a sober reminder of the reality of what’s happened in Haiti for the last 6 months. There's a ludicrous statement made by new, self-proclaimed Haitian CEO Bill Clinton in Esquire magazine this month that really got under my skin. I posted about the disconnect yesterday:

Posted by: thedonkeyedge | July 15, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Disaster recovery goes far beyond food, water and medicine. It's about infrastructure, education, economy and emotional healing. A new documentary shows what disaster recovery looks like in the long-term, by examining three survivors of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. "Kepulihan: Stories from the Tsunami" follows the lives of three survivors over the course of the four years immediately following one of the worst natural disasters in human history. It will air on ABC on November 21, 2010. For more information, please visit our website at, or find us on Facebook by searching for "Kepulihan: Stories from the Tsunami."

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