Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Haiti Universities Feel Strain After Earthquake

HAITI: Universities Feel Strain After Earthquake
By Garry Pierre-Pierre*

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 1, 2010 (IPS) - Astride Auguste was late for an exam at Quiskeya University on that fateful Tuesday, Jan. 12, when the earthquake - or "the event", as Haitians have come to call it - struck this capital city.

Auguste, an undergraduate student in international affairs and management, was near the campus when she felt the earth shake beneath her. She bounced a few times and eventually regained her composure. A few miles away, many of her fellow students had died after most of the buildings collapsed.

"I can't believe it," said a visibly shaken Auguste, days after the disaster. "This is a nightmare. The year has been lost. I don't know what I am going to do now." More

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