Stories written by Garry Pierre-Pierre

Haitian-Dominican Relations Warming After Quake

Angela Solis de Pena remembered the story that her parents told her of a Haitian man who tried to rape a Dominican woman; after the woman escaped the man chased her and hacked her to death.

The 245,000 ruined or hopelessly damaged structures in Haiti will produce 30 million to 78 million cubic yards of rubble. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

DEVELOPMENT: Haiti Must Destroy Before Rebuilding

When the Jan. 12 earthquake struck this mountainous country, in less than a minute, it transformed it from one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere to the largest construction site this side of the Atlantic.

The UN World Food Programme and the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development jointly distribute food in Léogâne, Haiti. Credit: UN PHOTO/Sophia Paris

HAITI: Earthquake Epicentre Copes with Aftermath

Marie Saintus sat regally on a wicker chair in the narrow alley by her makeshift home at the Anacaona Stadium, in the middle of this once bucolic city, as she teased her neighbours.

A young earthquake victim is treated at an impromptu hospital established by the Jordanian battalion of the U.N. peacekeeping mission. Credit: UN Photo/Sophia Paris

HAITI: Quake Victims Overwhelm Medical Capacity

Seriously injured people continue to provide deep challenges to the city's barely functioning hospitals, weeks after a massive earthquake overwhelmed medical staff.

HAITI: Universities Feel Strain After Earthquake

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.

Busloads of people leave Port-au-Prince after a powerful earthquake caused countless fatalities and left the city virtually inoperable.  Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

HAITI: Desperate Residents Flee Capital, But with Hopes of Return

Marjorie Louis and her two small children are sleeping in the street. Their home is in complete ruins. And Louis has no way to let her mother in Les Cayes know that she survived the deadliest natural disaster to hit this country.

Haitians displaced by the massive earthquake that devastated their country form a long line to wait for UN-distributed meals. Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

HAITI: With Aid Slow to Arrive, Food Prices Skyrocket

Last week, the price of a small can of rice was two dollars. On Tuesday, it cost Haitians 3.50 dollars. A gallon of cooking oil that cost 10 dollars only days ago now fetches 20 dollars.

Facebook Haiti (above), with more than 277,000 members, is one of scores of online communities that have sprung up since the Jan. 12 earthquake. Credit: Facebook Haiti

HAITI: Social Networks Offer News, and Comfort

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, a small story from the Associated Press came across the wires that an earthquake had hit Haiti. Almost instantly, phones began to ring as Haitian Americans started calling each other to find out if there was more to this story.

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HAITI: No One Expected the “Big One”

Marjorie Louis was sitting in her kitchen eating dinner when she felt the house shaking, but she didn't get up.

Port-au-Prince residents retrieve the body of their relative from a pile outside the general hospital.  Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

HAITI: On Sunday, Mass Was About the Dead

Rosemarie Tintin's black hat and veil barely concealed the sorrow on her face. She recently lost her entire family in Haiti's devastating earthquake and the only place she could find solace was at her church.

A man sets up a shelter in Cité Soleil, Haiti.  Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

HAITI: A Night on Rue Berne – Living in the Streets

The sun had barely set and already, the residents of Rue Berne were making their beds. These bedrooms were makeshifts arranged neatly on one side of the street, away from shaky walls and fragile home frames that remain so dangerous.

HAITI: U.S. Residents Mount Humanitarian Aid

A group of Haitian American leaders, state and local officials met late Tuesday night to map out humanitarian relief efforts as the extent of the damage from a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti became clearer.

HAITI: Clinton Revives Modest Optimism for Island’s Economy

Since his appointment last spring as United Nations special envoy to Haiti, former U.S. President Bill Clinton has been called, half-seriously, "president of Haiti" and "viceroy".