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August 27, 2021 | 0 comments

Haitian Survivors Still Seeking Relief 10 Days After Earthquake

Ask students: Why is aid slow to arrive to those who need it in some parts of the country? What are some of the critical needs of Haitians?


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Tackling New Challenges in Haiti

In Haiti, the death toll from this month’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake continues to rise. More than 2,200 people are confirmed dead, with 344 still missing. John Yang reports on how the earthquake has led to a new set of challenges for Haitians. Read the summary, watch the video and answer the discussion questions. To read the transcript of the video, click here.



Discussion Questions

  • Who are some of the people and organizations trying to help in Haiti?
  • What are some of the critical needs of Haitians in the most impacted parts of the country?
  • When did the most recent earthquake hit, and how many years has it been since the previous devastating earthquake that brought relief agencies to Haiti?
  • Where are some of the most impacted parts of Haiti after the most recent earthquake?
  • Why is aid slow to arrive to those who need it in some parts of the country?
  • How many people have died or gone missing, according to official counts?

Focus Question: How do you think ordinary citizens can best help a country devastated by natural disaster, as described in this piece? 

Media Literacy: Were there any details in this piece that you would have liked the producers to address in more detail? If so, what details?

Additional Resources

  • To learn more about the earthquake and the immediate aftermath, see this piece.
  • To learn about the recent assassination of Haiti’s president, which adds context to the difficult relief response, see this piece.


Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Extra.