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August 17, 2010
Haitian earthquake recovery in disarray
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A U.S.-based think tank is painting a grim picture of the earthquake recovery effort in Haiti, adding its voice to widespread accusations of ineffectual local leadership. The RAND Corp. report released Friday, August 13, ticks off a crushing litany of problems in the Caribbean nation, many predating the Jan. 12 earthquake -- unqualified government workers, general lawlessness, horrific prisons, incapable police, an onerous business climate. But it was the post-earthquake landscape that shocked James Dobbins, a former U.S. special envoy to Haiti and director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. "Clearly the scale of the damage was surprising," he said. "We're also somewhat surprised at the Haitian and international response. Not the humanitarian response, which was actually dramatically quick. But the second stage -- so little of the rubble has been cleared, and so few of the basic decisions have been made."
Getty Images photograher Joe Raedle recently filed this visual report.(23 images)

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People sit in front of the fence surrounding the crumbling Presidential palace as the nation prepares for the presidential election on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The next president will be tasked with leading the country where at this point less than 4 percent of the rubble created by collapsed buildings has been cleared since the powerful earthquake that killed some 200,000 people, and about 1.5 million people are still living in tent camps. Getty Images / Joe Raedle


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Merchants set up their shops in front of buildings that collapsed during the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Customers are reflected in mirrors as they walk past merchants that have set up their shops in front of buildings that collapsed during the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A person salvages bricks from a building that collapsed during the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Merchants set up their shops in front of the rubble that remains of buildings that collapsed during the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A RaRa band plays in the streets on August 15, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A women does her laundry in front of the tent she is living in on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Josue Bolane washes outside the tent he is living in after being displaced by the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Philo Lejer holds his son as he stands in front of the makeshift home his family built on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A women sits in the makeshift home her family built after their original home was destroyed during the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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People relax in front of the tents they are living in after they were displaced by the massive January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Bernadette Senat sits on the ground in a tent city next to where the tent she was living in was located on August 15, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She said the owner of the land took the tent as he forces people to move because he wants his land back, she is unsure of where she will find shelter and has now moved in with a friend living in another tent. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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People play a game of cards in a tent city on August 15, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They are concerned where they will move to next as the owner of the land attempts to move all the people out of their tents and off his land. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A women holds her baby in front of the shelter she is living in on August 15, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Daily life continues in a makeshift tent city on August 15, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Women walk across an area that has been cleared of the rubble from buildings that collapsed during the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Workers are seen as they use sledge hammers to tear down a building that collapsed during the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A worker salvages what little he can from a building that collapsed during the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Textile workers manufacture garments in the Willbes clothing manufacturing plant after it ramped back up to full production just three weeks ago, months after the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Textile workers manufacture garments in the Willbes clothing manufacturing plant after it ramped back up to full production just three weeks ago, months after the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Textile workers are seen in the Willbes clothing manufacturing plant after it ramped back up to full production just three weeks ago, months after the January 12th earthquake on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Mothers carry their children as they visit the doctors at the Zanmi Lasante health clinic on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Mary Jean-Michelle carries her daughter, Shellie Jean-Maxime as she waits in line to see a the doctors at the Zanmi Lasante health clinic on August 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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