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Haiti update, 5 months after the earthquake

June 15, 2010


A Haitian boy fetches water in Leogane, the epicenter of the Jan. 12 earthquake. Photo courtesy Jennifer Britton/Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative

A Haitian boy fetches water in Leogane, the epicenter of the Jan. 12 earthquake. Photo courtesy Jennifer Britton/Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative

Hour 1

Five months ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, with its epicenter near the city of Leogane. Today’s Radio Times brings into the studio a pair of Drexel University professors who have just returned from Leogane, where they are conducting research on water infrastructure and what the community needs. Our guests are engineering professor FRANCO MONTALTO, who directs Drexel’s Sustainable Water Resource Engineering lab; and sociology professor MIMI SHELLER, who directs Drexel’s Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. They are conducting interviews and surveys to learn what the people of Leogone say they need, not what foreign agencies, no matter how well-meaning and how well-funded, decide they ought to need. And we’ll start off with a survey of how Haiti’s doing, five months later, with Trinity College and U.S. Institute of Peace Haiti expert ROBERT MAGUIRE.

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