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Editorial: What to do about Haiti

January 24, 2010 | 10:26 am

National_palace_haiti Even now, despite the haunting images, the unending tales of loss and broken survival, it is difficult to fathom the scale of devastation in Haiti. The estimated 200,000 dead on half the island of Hispaniola is similar to the toll from South Asia's tsunami five years ago -- but that was across 14 countries.

Haiti's approximately 1.5 million homeless population is nearly quadruple the population of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina struck. At least two-thirds of Port-au-Prince has been leveled. The country's capital and its government, quite simply, have been reduced to scree.

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Photo: A Haitian flag flies at half-staff in front of the collapsed presidential palace in Port-au-Prince. Photo credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times