Last January, an earthquake crippled the impoverished nation of Haiti, killing almost a quarter of a million people and destroying the homes and businesses of millions more.
The capital, Port au Prince, was largely leveled and now–11 months later–the sounds of machines razing damaged buildings fills the city. To add to the misery, a massive outbreak of cholera has killed 2,000 more and sickened nearly a 100,000.
The recent national election on Nov. 28 has ended with charges of corruption and violent protests. Thousands didn’t get ID cards before the election and official monitors reported voter intimidation and ballot fraud. The two leading vote getters are haggling over a runoff and other candidates are demanding a recount.
Garry Pierre-Pierre, editor, publisher and founder of the Haitian Times, talks with us from Port au Prince about the election, the brutally slow recovery from the earthquake, and the cholera epidemic.