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Uploaded on Nov 19, 2010

Enrique Silva, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning at Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) along with students Jean Lucien Ligondé and Elisabeth Coicou, MET Lecturer in City Planning and Urban Affairs Anuradha Mukherji and BU Today journalist Seth Rolbein traveled to Haiti six days after the January 2010 earthquake that decimated the country. There the team met with government officials, including President René Préval, to discuss rebuilding and recovery efforts.

BU Metropolitan College Professor Relief visit to Haiti

January 18, 2010: En route to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
6 Days after the earthquake.

This is Seth Rolbein. We're on a bus, maybe about 5 or 10 miles from the Haitian border, coming through the Dominican. We left today around noon time, after having arrived into San Domingo last night. Six of us traveling, and we're traveling well. So far so good.

Enrique Silva, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning at Boston University Metropolitan College along with students Jean Lucien Ligondé and Elisabeth Coicou, MET Lecturer in City Planning and Urban Affairs Anuradha Mukherji and BU Today journalist Seth Rolbein...

...traveled to Haiti six days after the January 2010 earthquake that decimated the country. There the team met with government officials, including President René Préval, to discuss rebuilding and recovery efforts.

"The stuff of government was gone. There was no institution. There were no computers, no offices, no buildings, no paper. There were only people, trying to fill the role of the state, without any of the tools required to do so." -- Enrique Silva

Meeting with President René Préval.

"This is more than the already overwhelming task of rebuilding palaces and clearing streets...this is a government on the firing line facing the pent up demands of many people, a lot of which are historical in origin." -- Enrique Silva

"The reality is that camps probably won't be temporary...the thing to do is approach them as sanctioned parts of the city. Where can people be housed in such a manner that the site itself is geologically sound, where utilities can be accessed, where work is available? The goal is to try not to replicate the old scenarios." -- Enrique Silva

"From a planning perspective, the way you recover from this earthquake will set the imprint for the next one." -- Enrique Silva

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