The Haiti Disaster and Faith-based Relief - Islamic Relief USA

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti just sixteen miles outside the capital city, Port-au-Prince. The quake left approximately 200,000 dead, more than a million displaced, and an infrastructure in tatters.

The relief campaign started with a torrent of public, private and non-profit aid and personnel flooding into the country. American and NATO troops, United Nations relief workers and Doctors without Borders appeared prominently on the scene.

But an important part of the relief programme includes the ongoing efforts of church groups, diocesan offices of social concerns and individuals moved to action through faith. These efforts provide a unique opportunity to discern the modern face of religious disaster relief.

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