Remembering Haiti disaster

TWO years have passed but for the people of Haiti the nightmare of the destructive earthquake still continues.

Half the rubble remains to be cleared and many bodies still lie underneath says retired Methodist minister, Rev Edward Holmes.

Haiti - the poorest country in the western hemisphere - was torn apart by the largest earthquake to hit the country for 200 years. Teams of rescue workers and volunteers worked around the clock to help victims after it struck on January 12, 2010.

Mr Holmes said that 500,000 people were still living in makeshift accommodation. “Cholera brought in by Nepalese UIN Forces is now endemic in Haiti as it is in Nepal. They have been free of the disease for many generations, now many will continue to die every year from this scourge.

“Construction is going ahead, new settlements being built, hospitals and schools being restored but endemic corruption hinders many worthwhile schemes.

“Churches and charities continue to give much needed support to local communities as they have always done. After the initial response two years ago there have been many other disasters worldwide yet Haiti is not forgotten.

“I continue to receive generous support and my garden party in the summer was the usual success as I expect will be the secondhand sale, coffee morning and lunch I will be holding on Saturday at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse.”