PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 April 2010 Three months after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, the physical and human loss is still apparent. I have worked in the aftermath of earthquakes in a number of countries but what I see today in this quarter of Port-au-Prince is incomparable, shocking, humbling.
Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless, fearful of returning to their houses even if they are still standing.
The rows of tents and shelters filling the few open spaces available underline the scale of displacement. Children have lost their schools, their teachers, their friends, their possessions and their pets. The quake did not discriminate between the affluent and the poor, the literate and the uneducated.
UNICEF faces mammoth tasks: supporting the provision of safe water and adequate sanitation, safeguarding the health and nutrition of affected children, and protecting those who have lost parents or are at increased risk of harm. Against this backdrop, one important step is being taken a step that may give some degree of hope to more than a million children touched by this disaster. This week, many schools around Port-au-Prince are beginning to reopen their doors.