Only time can heal Haiti and its citizens says Saint Lucia NEMO's director

Castries, Saint Lucia, February 15, 2010 (GIS) – Officials from the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), now back from Haiti, are of the view, that time will be the greatest healer for the survivors of the deadly earthquake which struck on 12th of January.

Speaking at a recent Government Information Service press conference on the effects of the traumatic events on the Haitian citizenry, Director of NEMO Dawn French, noted that there will be a need to share emphasis between addressing the full recovery of the people of Haiti, and the rebuilding of the physical infra structure.

There's been a lot of talk about providing psychological support for the Haitian people but it is not something you can rush; it is going to take time and everybody's timing is going to be different. It's going to take some time to rebuild the people, even as you try to rebuild the country,” Miss French said.

Meantime, Haiti marked one month since the earthquake struck, with a day of mourning last Friday, the 12th of February. Citizens participated in ceremonies of praise and worship and one minute's silence at the exact time the earthquake struck on the 12th of January.

Over 200,000 people are dead as a result of the powerful earthquake while over one million Haitians remain homeless, just as the rainy season is about to begin.


CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
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