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Aftershocks: Welcome to Haiti's Reconstruction Hell

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Dispatches from the tent cities, where rape gangs and disaster profiteers roam.
Hanging with the Robber Barons of Hait
Haiti Still Lacks Safe Drinking Water and the International Community Is Partly to Blame

Mac McClelland, Mother Jones

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Mother Jones Editor's Note: Please be sure to check out our whole Haiti package, including information about what aid works, why much aid that's been promised has gone AWOL, and five great grassroots NGOs.

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When Alina happened upon a group of men—too many to count—raping a girl in the squalid Port-au-Prince camp where she and other quake victims lived, she couldn't just stand there. Maybe it was because she has three daughters of her own; maybe it was some altruistic instinct. And the 58-year-old was successful, in a way, in that when she tried to intervene, the men decided to rape her instead, hitting her ribs with a gun, threatening to shoot her, firing shots in the air to keep other people from getting ideas of making trouble as they kept her on the ground and forced themselves inside her until she felt something tear, as they saw that she was bleeding and decided to go on, and on, and on. When it was over, Alina lay on the ground hemorrhaging and aching, alone. The men were gone, but no one dared to help her for fear of being killed.

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Hanging with the Robber Barons of Haiti, Mac McClelland, Mother Jones

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Haiti Still Lacks Safe Drinking Water and the International Community Is Partly to Blame, Beatrice Lindstrom, AlterNet

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