2010-15: EARTHQUAKE, CHOLERA, AND FURTHER INSTABILITY

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Port-au-Prince!


The remote area of Latanye on the island of La Gonave was completely flooded after Hurricane Matthew. Nearly 25 percent of the homes were partially or completely destroyed. Photo: Kristin Myers

On the afternoon of January 1, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hits Port-au-Prince. The scale is unprecedented in an urban setting. While international donors pledge $5.3 billion to help Haiti rebuild, many fail to meet their commitments. Further issues with funds not making it to their intended uses continue to fuel popular dissatisfaction with leadership, especially when little progress has been made six months following the quake.


The country is further overwhelmed by a cholera outbreak — the first of its kind on record, and regarded by many to be the worst in recent history. Lasting for years, cases number 820,000 and approximately 10,000 are killed.


After a violent election cycle, Michel Martelly wins the presidency. He designates Jovenel Moïse as his party’s candidate at the end of his term. Moïse wins two elections, held in 2015 and 2016, respectively, despite questions around their legitimacy, and takes office in 2017.



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