Haitians see little from government

May 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, May 29 (UPI) -- Haitians at all levels of society are dissatisfied with President Rene Preval, with graffiti reading "Aba Preval" or "Down With Preval" a familiar sight.

Thousands of people are still living in makeshift tents, The New York Times reports. More than four months after a magnitude 7 earthquake leveled Port-au-Prince, many residents complain the only help they have received from the government is a piece of canvas.

"We're going to be in this position forever," said Patrick Moussignac, owner of Radio Caraibes, which is broadcasting from a tent, not a studio. "We could be living on the streets for 10 or 20 years."

Owners of ruined buildings have been dumping rubble in the streets because they have received no help with removal. In some cases, the Times said, government employees simply push the rubble to the curb instead of removing it, creating piles of broken brick that have become part of the scenery.

"The government doesn't care," said Manoucheka Walker, 22, standing by a fence with "Aba Preval" written in large letters in the bright red that forms half of the Haitian flag.

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