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Ban Ki-moon, Jocelerme Privert and Barack Obama, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Haiti. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 182 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 270 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Ban Ki-moon is: “For the sake of the Haitian people, but also for the sake of the United Nations itself, we have a moral responsibility to act. And we have a collective responsibility to deliver.”.
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All quotes about Haiti

Nikki Haley

We're going to have to make this right with Haiti, without question, and the U.N. is going to have to take responsibility.

David Nabarro

Donors will respond, but they need to be convinced that they're going to be given a good proposition for what's done with their money. The Haiti cholera story is not actually a very good one, in that it's taken us a rather long time to get on top of it, and still the problem is persisting.

Patricia Preval

Many people have said that my father did not like to speak too much. In effect, that is true.

Jonas Nicolas

Where are they going to get money to pay them? How do you think hungry Haitian soldiers are going to act? No, I like the U.N. guys with our police.

Aditi Gorur

This would be unprecedented in U.N. peacekeeping history. Normally, police only serve in peacekeeping missions with military support and backup. But it's a creative option to reduce the mission's size and cost as MINUSTAH gradually works toward a full exit.

Patrice Dumont

The government needs to negotiate MINUSTAH's departure as soon as possible.

Michel Martelly

Rene, my brother, my friend and adviser, your departure leaves us in shock.

Jovenel Moise

I learned with sadness the death of former President Rene Preval. I prostrate myself before the remains of this worthy son of Haiti.

John Stevens Val

You lose all of your money and now you do not even succeed. It's not easy to live in Haiti. It's complicated. There is no aid; there is no organization that can help us in one way or the other. We're here. We live poorly. If I don't have any opportunities, I'll leave.

Adelson Lorgeat

They spent a lot of money. It's like a broken dream. They left thinking they would stay 20, 30, 40 years or never return. They consider it to be a dishonour, a defeat.

Hervé Ladsous - United Nations

"The security situation throughout the country cannot be compared with that of 10 years ago,". "But I say to all who would be tempted to take advantage of this temporary period to return to illegality, commit crimes, violations of human rights, I say no, we will not accept that". "If the military component is erased … there is still a lot of work left to do on the police, on the law … on human rights, on the status of women,".

Hervé Ladsous - United Nations

The security situation throughout the country cannot be compared with that of 10 years ago. But I say to all who would be tempted to take advantage of this temporary period to return to illegality, commit crimes, violations of human rights, I say no, we will not accept that. If the military component is erased ... there is still a lot of work left to do on the police, on the law ... on human rights, on the status of women.

Brian Concannon - Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Re-evaluation is especially appropriate in light of MINUSTAH's slow, expensive and limited progress in its primary mission.

Robert Fatton Jr.

He has to revive domestic production, increase foreign and local investments, rebuild the moribund agricultural sector, create a sense of national solidarity, and generate a sorely lacking political stability. If he manages to deliver a modicum of change he may restore a sense of hope for the future.

Jovenel Moise

I've already engaged in talks with the textile sector, where we hope to create tens of thousands more jobs.

Jovenel Moise

I believe today that President Trump will have a better understanding of the relations between the two countries, which will be based on a results-oriented cooperation in the interest of both countries. President Trump and I are entrepreneurs, and all an entrepreneur wants is results, and therefore I hope we'll put everything in place to make sure we deliver for our peoples.

Jovenel Moise

I am a hard-working entrepreneur. I started from scratch but I have always acted with honesty and integrity. It is a political manoeuvre. It is a form of blackmail as we are about to form the government.

Robert Fatton Jr.

People who don't like him will use it against him and people who support him will (say) ... the report is fake.

Karl Adam

I know some have decided to leave and this is not something the embassy is organizing.

Richard Dansoh

The indictment speaks for itself. Be that as it may, there are some jurisdictional hurdles that we have to cross. Clearly, he's not guilty.

Jovenel Moise

This presidential mandate of five years entrusts in me all the freedoms of the people, and as I said in my campaign the power comes from God, through the voice of the people.

Kurt Karl - Swiss Re

Society is under insured against earthquake risk, and the protection gap is a global concern.

Nathanaël Hishamunda - FAO

Hurricane Matthew not only eliminated the last harvest - it also compromised the upcoming planting season and the country's ability to feed itself. That's why it's so important we act now and in a robust way. These communities need urgent support to prevent them from adapting survival strategies that put them into a vicious cycle of dependence, including eating seeds meant for producing food in future harvests.

Marie Ange St Juste

My house was totally destroyed during the storm. I lost everything, but I was lucky that none of my children died. Now my situation is very bad, we need help.

Daphnee Benoit Delsoin

Eradicating cholera is a longterm plan because the eradication of cholera should include the reinforcement of the sanitary infrastructures and the people should have access to safe water. That is to say, it is a very long struggle.

Matha Dominique

Since I was born, I never see something like that. I thought it was the end of the world. Things that took many years and effort to have and build disappeared in a few minutes. That is crazy and does not make sense to me. At my age, do you think I could do something or start again? I think no.

Marie Wilnine Gaetan

It's true that DINEPA has started, but I don't know if their means are limited.

Alan Hinman

This justifies the approach of using a single dose to achieve wider coverage, given the fact that there's not enough of the vaccine to give to everyone.

Jocelerme Privert

There is not a single community, accessible or inaccessible, that has not received assistance from the state.

LeRoy Jones

Like most things in this country, the rich get taken care of immediately and poor people is always forgot. It's sad to say, but I'm speaking from my heart.

Marie-Jose Ledan

That's why we have to be careful so our sisters and brothers do not think they are targeted, just like with the AIDS virus.

Manuel Fermin

Are we getting the people we need to be getting? The majority of the women who came in were from a higher socio-economic area, and more were tourists who had been in that area.

Jasmin Qureshi

It would be better if they do more stuff with the plane and everything. We need more protection – as much protection as possible – to get it out of our area.

Philip G. Alston

The bad news is that the U.N. has still not admitted factual or legal responsibility, and has not offered a legal settlement as required by international law. The U.N.'s explicit and unqualified denial of anything other than a moral responsibility is a disgrace. If the United Nations bluntly refuses to hold itself accountable for human rights violations, it makes a mockery of its efforts to hold governments and others to account.

Fabiola Brignol

We are very concerned that the current situation in Haiti will give rise to such cases as a consequence of the latest disaster.

Anthony Ngororano - United Nations

It's important to provide options for women so they are not vulnerable to sexual exploitation, sex for cash and human trafficking.

Anthony Ngororano - United Nations

Trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls is all too much of a reality. This is accentuated by crises like these.

Fabiola Brignol

Natural disasters, sadly, always cause an increase in cases of child abuse, sexual violence, child labour and child trafficking.

Luc Pierre

We fear that there are people in caves, in other places, without help and they are perhaps sick.

David Nabarro

We don't know if there are many people with the problem of cholera in the areas that we cannot access and that is why I ask the people, let us access everywhere.

Jake Wood

We're looking for people foolish enough that think they can change the world and smart enough to have a chance.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

We are going to mobilise as much resources and medical support to, first of all, prevent and stop this cholera epidemic and then, second, support the families of the victims.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

We understand the impatience and the anger of the population who are waiting for emergency relief. We are doing all we can to facilitate the arrival of the assistance soon as possible.

Auguste Donnay

They will be affected because it is the farmers here who feed the capital.

Rico Lifete

It took a long time for these trees to get strong and now all my coffee has been lost. Our plantains and vegetables, everything is gone.

Hervil Cherubin - Heifer International

Disaster can be avoided if we act really quickly, in terms of helping people clear their land and start planting again. People need access to seeds really quickly.

Jean Claude Fignole - Oxfam Intermón

We are aware that it will be more effective to distribute seeds to farmers timed with their next planting season, in early 2017, ideally with fertilizer or compost to help replenish the soil which has been flooded in saltwater.

Dominique Legros - World Health Organization

So far, we have one experience of a large-scale campaign with a single dose - it was done in Bangladesh two years ago. It proved effective for six months.

David Harden

What complicates it is logistics, remote areas, hard-hit areas, and a lack of capacity. These are poor countries, that's why it's tougher there than in Miami.

David Harden

We are good neighbours and we are good partners and I would expect that we would expect to be there in the medium and long term.

Watson Hypolite

I'm looking at my life and I don't know what to do. It seems like somebody is getting help but it is not us.

Chris Bessey - Catholic Relief Services

There's just so much to do, not to make it more than the earthquake, but it's so widespread, it's everything across the board.

Jocelerme Privert

It's necessary to bring assistance with haste. The assistance would not need to be of an indefinite nature. We need to make sure that … people can return to their homes, rebuild their lives, restart agriculture to avoid that, after this state of emergency, that the country does not plunge into a food crisis, into a more serious crisis than the one caused by the hurricane.

Dominique Legros - World Health Organization

The top priority, clearly, for those people affected by the hurricane is to give them access to safe water. That's the only way we can control cholera in the long term in Haiti and elsewhere. And for those people who are sick of cholera, of course, the top priority is to treat them and give them access to treatment. And that's a concern today, as you understood, because of the damage to the healthcare facilities.

Sandra Honoré - United Nations

It's awful here and cholera is killing people, but they are talking about progress on TV. Who knows? Maybe by the time they reach here, there will be nobody left.

Unni Krishnan - Save the Children

It is not looking good. We should act very quickly to contain this, otherwise it could get out of control.

Kenneth Merten

As Haiti digs out from the earthquake, different companies are moving in to sell their concepts, products and services.

Doug White

I didn't get the sense that there was any sort of conflict of interest being acted upon. I'm not seeing a lot of greed within these emails.

Zachary Younts

I hate sitting in a bay working on an engine all day. I love this. This is awesome. It gives me a sense of doing something in my career.

Matthew Estes

Before I left, I was nervous, anxious and overwhelmed with excitement. I'm doing the job that I want to do - that I joined to do.

Shawn Durrell

It's one of the biggest experiences of my life. Not only are we going to a different country, we're seeing what we can do. And we're here to help. One of the biggest things in life is to help.

Matthew Estes

My wife was a little upset, but she understands the pick-up-and-go. She cried a little on the phone but then texted me and said this is what you joined to do, what you love to do.

Jocelerme Privert

Many countries have promised us aid – some support in kind, but others have made promises that have not yet materialized.

Jocelerme Privert

The emergency is to assist the displaced people, those who find themselves in temporary shelters, who are deprived of water, deprived of food, of medication.

Jocelerme Privert

If the (provisional electoral) council asks me tomorrow to publish a presidential decree inviting the people to the polls for such and such date, I will take that decision.

Herby Jean

There's no water, no antibiotics. Everything is depleted. . . . We hear helicopters flying overhead, but we're not getting anything.

Jean-Eddy Charles

We have been here a long time, we've never received anything, every truck that passes by, they don't give us anything. Our houses are destroyed. There are 2,000 people in this school. We need food, water, we need tents. Our children are getting sick and are going to die of hunger.

Dmitry Pierre

They humiliated us, they take us for beasts, we don't know where we are going or what there will be in the future, everything is destroyed.

Dominique Legros - World Health Organization

In this context of the hurricane, and therefore flooding, therefore potential contamination of the drinking water by faecal sludge, we are quite concerned about the risk of further increase of cholera cases.

Jean-Luc Poncelet - World Health Organization

We have indeed had those blockades on the road and we have been able, severalt imes, to discuss with the community to indicate 'those are the supplies to go to the community.

Jean-Luc Poncelet - World Health Organization

For the western part of the southern peninsula, so all the areas like Grand Anse and Le Sud, it is a complete disaster. For those areas, it is really catastrophic. There is another area in the country, in the north, northwest, that is really badly affected on the coastal area too.

Dominique Legros - World Health Organization

The top priority clearly for those people affected by the hurricane is to give them access to safe water. That is the only way we can control cholera in the long term in Haiti and elsewhere.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map. Tensions are already mounting as people await help. A massive response is required. U.N. teams are working with local officials to assess needs.

Justin Cambry

Life is completely destroyed here. It will take 20 years to get it all back.

Jeh Johnson

We will have to deal with that situation, address it, be sympathetic to the plight of the people of Haiti as a result of the hurricane. But after that situation, after that condition has been addressed, we intend to resume the policy change that I brought about several weeks ago.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

At least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. These numbers and needs are growing as more affected areas are reached. Tensions are already mounting as people await help.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

These numbers and needs are growing as more affected areas are reached. Tensions are already mounting as people await help.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I am developing a new approach to the cholera situation and this will encompass support for people affected by the disease and for efforts to build sound water, sanitation and health systems in order to help eliminate cholera in Haiti. This disaster makes it even more vital to significantly step up our support – and to do so right now.

Pierre Louis

We need oral serums (for diarrhoea), aquatabs (water treatment tablets) to be able to save these people's lives. They are desperate.

Pierre Louis

I am a fisherman. This neighbourhood is only of fishermen and merchants. We lost everything, we have nothing. The houses weren't built well so that's why they came down. We have nothing, we have nowhere to go.

Paul Edouarzin - United Nations

It seems to me like a nuclear bomb went off. In terms of destruction – environmental and agricultural – I can tell you 2016 is worse than 2010.

Stephen O'Brien

We expect that homes, schools and cholera treatment facilities have been destroyed and that water systems, roads and bridges have been severely damaged. This is a major blow to Haiti's reconstruction effort and the fight against cholera, so that's why immediate emergency funds now will kick start vital life-saving assistance for Haitians caught up in this crisis.

Craig Fugate - Federal Emergency Management Agency

People should not be looking at the damages they're seeing and saying this storm is not that bad. The real danger still is storm surge, particularly in northern Florida and southern Georgia. These are very vulnerable areas. They've never seen this kind of damage potential since the late 1800s.

Nancy Shaver

There's that whole inability to suspend disbelief that I think really affects people in a time like this.

Andrew MacCalla

Everybody descends on this place, they think there is money to be made. Now we are talking to companies out of Houston, Texas and the Dominican Republic that know there is a need and rent them out for a fortune.

Jean Perpetu

We have nothing left. Our personal things, important documents like birth certificates – it's all gone. We sleep on streets with our children and nobody came to help us until now.

Andrew MacCalla

We just got a $1,500 quote to rent a truck for a day, which is five times what we usually pay.

Andrew MacCalla

The infrastructure was bad to begin with. Now entire roads have been washed away.

Andrew MacCalla

You're going to see the death toll rising and rising and rising. Ninety percent of Port Salut is destroyed. In Jeremie, 50 percent of the buildings are destroyed and they're nearing desperation for food and water.

Craig Fugate - Federal Emergency Management Agency

People should not be looking at the damages they're seeing and saying this storm is not that bad. It's still a very dangerous situation.

Barack Obama

Initially people thought this doesn't look as bad as we thought and suddenly you get massive storm surge and lot of people were severely affected. This is still a really dangerous hurricane. The potential for flooding, loss of life and severe property damage continues to exist.

George Diller - Nasa

We've had some close calls, but as far as I know it's the first time we've had the threat of a direct hit. As serious as it gets.

Rick Scott

If you're reluctant to evacuate, just think about all the people who have been killed. Time is running out. This is clearly either going to have a direct hit or come right along the coast and we're going to have hurricane-force winds.

Ines Brill

Our teams in Jeremie report massive destruction in the town. Water and electricity have been cut and the medical services are not functioning any more. Communication is very limited.

Barack Obama

I want to emphasize to the public: This is a serious storm. It has already hit Haiti with devastating effect. It is now in the process of moving through the Bahamas. Because it's not going to be hitting enough land, it is going to be building strength on its way to Florida.

Rick Scott

This is serious. Don't take a chance. A small movement (of the storm) could mean a lot. That's why we have to prepare for a direct hit. So again, if you need to evacuate and you haven't, evacuate. This storm will kill you. Time is running out. We don't have that much time left.

Andrea Guerrero

It is an unstable and unsafe place, and it's pretty clear that the conditions in Haiti have not improved.

Ginger Jacobs

Haiti has limited resources, limited employment opportunities and if deported, these people have a limited chance of prospering in such desperate conditions.

Marleine Bastien

The country has been dealing with so many traumas and natural disasters, and then you come with this change of policy at this 10th hour?

Samuel Pierre

I do understand that there was an influx of Haitians in southern California.

Samuel Pierre

However I do think that when you do start to single out specific community groups, you are opening a can of worms.

Mourad Wahba

Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the earthquake six years ago.

Angel Aloma - Food for the Poor

Haiti has just finished a year-long drought which decimated their crops. We've had reports their cattle has drowned and are very much in need of food.

Rick Scott

If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven't seen in years. The projected path is a little off the coast, but it can change at a moment's notice. When that happens, we're not going to have a lot of time to get ready.

Kevin Roth - The Weather Channel

Certainly, the way this one is going, even if it doesn't hit the U.S. directly ... I would say this is the last Matthew.

Kevin Roth - The Weather Channel

Unfortunately, the models continue to show a westward trend. That means the potential for a landfall or some impacts in the U.S. is increasing.

Alexis Iglesias

We are receiving people living in villages prone to flooding. Food is guaranteed and we have a generator that will guarantee that the kitchen keeps on working in case of a power cut.

Ari Sarsalari - The Weather Channel

The problem with that is you end up with a lot of deforestation, and it makes the country especially susceptible to really bad landslides and mudslides. I think that's going to be the worst part of this storm for them, as well.

Jessica Pearl - Mercy Corps

It's going to be quite devastating. Haiti is very mountainous, and there's no system for channeling the water.

Ari Sarsalari - The Weather Channel

This is likely to be a humanitarian disaster. I think very bad things are coming up here for Haiti over the next 24 to 36 hours.

Ari Sarsalari - The Weather Channel

This is a country that has a long history with tropical storms and hurricanes, and often it does not really end well.

Rick Knabb - National Hurricane Center

We cannot rule out a direct impact for some locations in the state of Florida. And every place north of there along the East Coast of the U.S., there is the potential for many different kinds of impacts.

Rick Knabb - National Hurricane Center

Staggering rainfall totals are possible. We could be measuring the rainfall in feet, not just inches.

Rick Knabb - National Hurricane Center

Take advantage of this luxury of time we have. Go get those supplies if you are running out on some things, find out today if you're in a hurricane evacuation zone and if you do decide today where you go and how you would get there if told to evacuate.

Domenica Davis - The Weather Channel

This is shaping up to be a devastating blow, especially to places like Haiti and Cuba.

Rick Scott

This storm is catastrophic, and if it hits our state, we could see impacts that we have not seen in many years. Even though the storm's projected path is just east of our state, no one should take this lightly. Storms change fast and Hurricane Matthew could hit Florida as early as Wednesday. At this time, there have been no evacuations ordered in Florida, but that could change quickly.

Carlos Smith

I want to leave anytime now and go to a shelter, but we can't leave our things because that's how we hustle and make a living.

Jocelerme Privert

To those people living in houses that could collapse, it's necessary that you leave these houses to take refuge in schools and churches.

Andrew Holness

What we know is that we will be impacted by this storm. All the models show that Jamaica will be within the 90 percent effect band of this storm.

Andrew Holness

What we have control over is our ability to prepare. We hold firm in the view that preparation can reduce loss of life and property.

Jorge Velez

Families that evacuated are returning to their homes. The dikes and wells filled up, the earth is moist, and this benefits agriculture in an area where it hasn't rained for five years, benefiting the community.

Jeh Johnson

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State are working with the Government of Haiti and other key partners to resume removals in as humane and minimally disruptive a manner as possible.

Jean Gerrier

A lot of people died. Yesterday we registered 438 dead in my region. We have 25 people suffering from cholera. We have a lot of wounded people and the situation is dire. It's a catastrophe.

Louise Ivers

Maybe we are too late for prevention. Maybe we just have to manage the consequences.

Jean-Luc Poncelet - World Health Organization

We're expecting a large epidemic but we don't know when it will occur. There is under-reporting.

Farhan Haq - United Nations

The United Nations has a moral responsibility to the victims of the cholera epidemic and for supporting Haiti in overcoming the epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health systems.

Farhan Haq - United Nations

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the terrible suffering the people of Haiti have endured as a result of the cholera epidemic.

Gary Gottlieb

We look forward to the new response the U.N. plans to unveil, and we continue to call on the organization to devote additional resources.

Beatrice Lindstrom - Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

This is a groundbreaking first step towards justice. But promises will not stop cholera's killing or compensate for the damage to poor families in Haiti. The real test is in what comes next.

Drew Garrison

The closer we got to Jeremie and the further from Port-au-Prince it was just complete devastation. Anything that was not concrete was flattened, the palm trees were bent over in half or completely ripped of their leaves. There were several little fishing villages that were just looked desolate.

Moise David - Red Cross

After visiting the shelter, I've realised there isn't any water. We can't help the people, there's no food. And there are additional problems given the way people are living in the shelters.

Julio Desire

All the money we had has been lost. Everything is lost. We're lost, we don't know (what to do). We could see the destruction and we asked for help. But no.

Leopold Berlanger

First of all we must assess the situation as an electoral body then consult and have dialogue with the affected authorities…..so that by Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the latest, we can set a new date for the elections.

Roger Bonifacio - World Food Programme

Its effects however will be felt all the way to early 2017 and its effects have been widespread geographically. El Niño has caused impacts on the growing seasons of Central America – Haiti. . Ethiopia where it registered one of the driest seasons in the last 50 years all the way to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea which again has suffered one of the major droughts on record.

Marcel Dervil

We could have repaired our homes, but we do not have money. We can't do anything but watch.

Michel Martelly

I hope that the election are better organised for the presidential elections.

Michel Martelly

I am open to starting a true, constructive dialogue with the opposition and involve them from this moment on in the government until the end of my term.

Jean Sanon

The police are supposed to be there to protest and to serve.

Chiara Liquoria - Amnesty International

These people have been victimized for months with the threat of being evicted. Sometimes they are being attacked by uniformed officers and sometimes plain clothes people in the middle of the night who arrive with knives and matches and destroy the tents.

Edmond Mulet - United Nations

I'd like to make a call to the people to turn in the criminals who got out of the prison: all the criminal bandits we have arrested in the last two to three and a half years. They are on the street. We know they are reorganising secretly.

Jean-Max Bellerive

We are still in a very difficult situation. One month after we still have one million people on the streets. We still don't have a clear vision of certain problems. Where are we going to relocate all those people?

Kim Cameron

The people seem very calm but I have been in a hurricane before and I don't want to be in another one.

Rene Preval

We're going to do everything we can to relieve the misery of the people of Port-au-Prince. But when it comes to reconstruction we must also equip the provinces in order to not make the same mistakes again.

Gerardo Ducas - Amnesty International

He must remain in Haiti as long as the investigation takes place. It could be three months, it could be one year it could be two years, so Duvalier has to remain in Haiti.

Ronel Lefranc

I hope that this summit which has brought so many education experts together from all over the world, can produce concrete practical ideas for radical change in the field of education worldwide.

Fei Chen

We're really working to find inovative ways of use new technologies in our everyday studies and lives, to encourage students to be a motived as well as engaged learners.

Mohamed Farag

We interview delegates in the summit – we do video interviews and we put them in our blog posts. So, it's not really very professional but we try to do our best to get as much information from the interviewer, what kind of ventures are they in and what is the sucess recipe for their venture.

Nigel Fisher - UN

I am satisfied with the first week's response because we are beginning to see a decrease in the number of deaths among those who have been hospitalized.

Marie-Anne Simon

One day she came, but the next day she said she didn't want to come back. I asked why and she said 'The others wear skirts, but I wear trousers.' It was true – so I asked all the other parents to dress their daughters in trousers too.

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutemberg

We are making investments in young women in Africa. We identified the brightest girls in Africa and we are giving scholarships and mentoring to really bright girls and making sure that women enter leadership across the continent.

Jean-Max Bellerive

Haiti is a country built from colonialism where different cultures co-existed. Unfortunately, as Haiti's story unfolded these cultures didn't work together. On the contrary, you get the impression that they had a destructive effect. There was a separation between African culture, European culture and that which developed in the region, latin American culture.

Hillary Clinton

That's a good sound. That means good things are coming and helping the people of Haiti.

Hillary Clinton

I want to speak directly to the Haitian people through the Haitian media. We are here at the invitation of your government to help you. As President Obama has said, we will be here today, tomorrow and for the time ahead.

Luis Carballo

On our first day in Port-au-Prince, we can see for ourselves that Haiti is getting more out of control.

Raymond Alcide Joseph

I am quite sure we will need everything. The White House in Haiti – which we call the Palace – is damaged. There are some shanty towns around Port-au-Prince, on the hills, they have collapsed like cards.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

We will immediately release ten million dollars from the Central Emergency Relief Fund – that is the CERF.

Esther Sterk - Doctors Without Borders

There is a big problem for our patients to come to the centre. So the patients are blocked. So they are either dying at home or they come to our centre extremely unwell.

David Southby - Royal Caribbean

I think the initial criticism that we received in the press has tailed away a little bit now. And I think that people have come to realise that apart from anything else, if we'd stopped bringing the ships here, we would have basically abandoned the people in their hour of need.

George Clooney

This is the opportunity to help a neighbour in need, in desperate need and do it with a swiftness, expertise, generosity and love that resides in the best of who we are.

George Clooney

We want you to give, so we can all come together and help Haiti rise from the ruins and when you do, we want you to know that 100 per cent of your donations will go directly to organisations that are on the ground right now.

Michele Pierre Louis

The majority of schoolchildren here do not receive a good quality education. How can we build resources in this country, how can people develop critical judgement, become whole citizens, and participate in the social and economical growth of Haiti?

Kechner Toussaint

We'll have famine in the coming days. It's an agricultural disaster.

George Willard

The situation for children in Haiti at the moment is really dramatic. There are thousands of unaccompanied children. We, SOS children's villages and NGOs have to take care of them. We have to give them a safe and secure place because outside they are very vulnerable and living in danger.

Philippe Boliar

The worst thing really, it's not my house falling down. It was finding yourself surrounded by rubble. I spent the night trying to help save some people. We pulled maybe three living children out. The worst thing was not being able to do anything when you can hear a child crying for help for hours. And you're there, empty handed. And you can do nothing.

Luis Carballo

From under the rubble they pulled out the dead bodies of 60 children. The rescue teams could do nothing. Leogane is 15 kilometers south-west of Port-au-Prince. Here, the earthquake was a true catastrophe. In these ruins, they found schoolbooks belonging to the children who studied here. They were children who had practically been adopted by the nuns who ran the school.

Luis Carballo

Ninety percent of the homes here are destroyed. Things are very difficult for the inhabitants. But you can get petrol at a better price and quantity than in Port au Prince.

Mark Wahlberg

We're just hoping that people don't focus on it for two weeks until something else happens and then people don't start paying attention anymore. We're trying to do some fundraisers and stuff. But Haiti has been one of the poorest countries in the world for such a long time. And it's important for people to continue to help and change that.

Guido Bertolaso

Obviously in such a phase of reorganisation, the Commission under-estimated the reality there, despite the swiftness of Europe's actions.

Carline Joseph

A cup of rice is selling at about 4 US dollars (3 euros). It used to sell for 2.50 (2 euros). We cannot get to another town to buy rice. We are crying out for help to get prices reduced.

Laurent Maggiori

From just one image we can get details about 3,600 square kms of land. That allows us to cover large areas very quickly.

Fernando Soares

We came here to provide security for WFP, to distribute food, but the food is finished now and we are here just to be sure that nobody gets hurt.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

The rainy season is coming to Haiti. then it will be extremely important for us to provide on a priority basis, like shelter and sanitations and all other necessary humanitarian assistance.

Bill Clinton

I was in those hotels that collapsed. I had meals with those people who are dead. The Catherdral church that Hillary and I sat in 34 years ago is total rubble, but what these men have said is true, it is still one of the most remarkable and unique places I have ever been to.

George W. Bush

The most effective way for Americans to help the people of Haiti is to contribute money. That money will go to organisations on the ground who will be able to effectively spend it. I know a lot of people want to send blankets or water, just send your cash. One of the things the president and I will do is make sure your money is spent wisely.

Edmond Mulet - United Nations

We all know that this epidemic is going to get worse; we have not reached the peak yet, this is only the beginning of this crisis and if we don't have elections now, when will these elections happen? When the epidemic is even worse than now?

Fanny Devoucoux

Well, since the earthquake we have been focused primarily on the purely urgent and immediate, here in the capital Port au Prince but also in other hard-hit towns across the country. We redirected our activities to deal with people's basic needs, to support them when they may have lost the roof over their heads, members of their family, or have limited access to food and water for several months.

Andris Piebalgs

In one year we could have done more… It's true that we could have done more… The earthquake caused 14 billion euros in damage. When I speak about European pledges of 1.2 billion, you see the difference. Even if all the money had been spent, you would still see the rubble.

Kristalina Georgieva - European Commission

The biggest problem was and remains many decades of no development. No services, no institutions that can provide for the people, no jobs for young Haitians. This is where we are determined to make sure that we help Haiti to develop, so its resilience [in the face of] future disasters goes up.

Barack Obama

Many Haitians are still in need, desperate need in some cases, of shelter, and food and medicine. And, with the spring rains approaching, those needs will only grow.

Phoebe Greenwood - Save the Children

You have more than one million people there, who are still homeless as a result of the earthquake in January. They are living in really unhygenic and very cramped conditions in temporary camps. If cholera spreads through these camps, the loss of life could be tremendous.

Luis Carballo

Because they hadn't received any aid by land, the people hope it can come by air and as they're not expecting any miracles, they've used their initiative and made a helicopter landing pad on what was a basketball court.

Pradel Henriquez

We had to stop broadcasting on the 12th, to start again the day after, the 13th, but we replaced our TV signal with other channels, including euronews, which, like other European channels, we use a lot.

Pradel Henriquez

Every evening, starting from the 14th, we've had a special live bulletin. We've also moved the studio outside because it's safer, basically because everything happens in the street now, we no longer live inside. At the moment we're hardly using the editing suite at all, the cameraman know they have to leave and bring back the edit to broadcast,'.

Satoru Ida

The first, initial days, we had to refuse patients unfortunately. We just could not handle them. I'm really hoping that they found some other treatment somewhere else because we had to make some choices.

Luis Carballo

Hope doesn't last very long, just the time it takes to reach the control point, which they are not allowed to pass.

Kristalina Georgieva - European Commission

Why it is important for these Silent Disasters to speak up because more people in more areas are affected by them and this stabilises local communities. For solidarity to work for all, we have to make the voices of people who are now in Silent Disasters heard.

Rene Preval

Some pain can't be described in words. The only answer for all of that pain has been to look for some help from the outside world. The pain is so heavy.

Marie Laurence Jocelin Lassegue

Some of those children have parents. Those people are going to see the judge and that judge will decide what punishment to give them.

Sean Penn

Before speaking about my situation that has to do with Wyclef Jean in public, thus far, he might just want to pick up the phone and we meet so he fully understands the man.

Barth Green

The problem is, that on a high level, a decision has been made to halt the military evacuations which are life saving… and to not allow these patients to leave Haiti and have their lives saved.

Alex Larsen

There are injured people with financial means and they have organised their own evacuations themselves to Santo Domingo, Miami, and even Martinique.

Jason Herb

We heard this morning that there was a desperate situation in the hospital so we brought pedialyte for rehydration. We brought antibiotics; cipro in particular. We brought cots because there are people sleeping on the ground, on mats or blankets which is very unhygienic. We brought hand sanitiser and soap and other materials to help maintain the hygiene of the hospital.

Tina Knowles

It's not common for the hurricanes to come three in a row for us, so we're going to be a little more prepared than usual.

Joseph Ashmore - International Organization for Migration

What we're trying to do in the short term is provide amterials to build and improve shelters, and in the medium term, in the next six, nine, twelve months provide slightly more solid structures. Trying to look at ways of improving because once you are building out of timber or steel frame, the issue is not so much earthquake but hurricane risk.

Ruth Destile

When it's raining, the children are getting wet. I had to come here, because I don't have a place to go where I can take care of my children.

Allen Schwartz

This was not a result of either his lifestyle or his diet which have been excellent. He's exercised regularly, he's in excellent condition as evidenced both by what he does and by objective testing, stress testing, his cholesterol numbers and other risk factors that we follow have been excellent.

Jean Sainvil

There was no signature from the parents, but there were verbal agreements. Verbal agreements. As proof, we have phone numbers for each and every parent who came up and said we are a parent, we have their phone numbers. Some of the parents, I believe, even wrote their phone numbers and stuck them in the kids' pocket. If anything, they can call.

Catherine Ashton

The European Union through its member states and common resources has already acted. We will continue to do so, finding additional resources and delivering them as quickly as possible.

Barack Obama

The reports and images that we've seen of collapsed hospitals and crumbled homes, and men and women carrying their injured neighbours through the streets are truly heartwrenching. Indeed, for a country and a people who are no strangers to hardship and suffering, this tragedy seems especially cruel and incomprehensible.

Jean-Max Bellerive

We are going to need water, food and medicine, because there are a lot of people injured and we have not yet found all those people buried under their houses and as we continue with this work we will need a lot of medication and a lot of help.

Barack Obama

To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction: you will not be forsaken, you will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you, the world stands with you. We know that you are a strong and resilient people. You have endured a history of slavery and struggle, of natural disaster and recovery and, through it all, your spirit has been unbroken and your faith has been unwavering.

Barack Obama

This is one of those moments that calls out for American leadership.

Didier Le Bret

There comes a point when you do have to stop because now we need to rebuild. We can't indefinitely continue the rescue phase. But, there you go, this may be the final episode in eleven days of searches, and that's extraordinary.

Marguerite Dorival

I left Port-au-Prince because of all the damage in the centre. Just imagine all the people and the damage. We didn't have any other choice.

Jim Flaherty

We are committed in the G7 to the forgiveness of debt, in fact all bi-lateral debt has been forgiven by G7 countries vis-a-vis Haiti. The debt to multi-lateral institutions should be forgiven, and we will work with these institutions and other partners to make this happen as soon as possible.

Guillermo Paiva

I would like to be with my family in Chile. But my duty calls me here. I'm calm because I know my family will be OK. We have to keep working to help the Haitians get over the great grief this country is going through.

Miguel Angel Moratinos

Together we'll represent the EU in guaranteeing security and above all in guaranteeing the arrival of humanitarian aid the Haitians need.

Eric Laroche

They have had cyclones and floods. The level of HIV/AIDS is quite high, so all of this makes an explosive cocktail, whereby if you are not geared to prepare for the worst, you are going to fail.

Gary Fish

Our clinic building collapsed. It was a concrete building with a concrete roof. It injured five of us, some more severely than others. She's the most severe.

Ilse Aigner - Bavaria

Given the huge food variety displayed here we have to appreciate the true value of food. This is our responsibility and obligation, especially as there is not enough food in all parts of the world as we have been cruelly reminded in recent days by the disaster in Haiti.

Carla Shawn

I was with five other people and everybody is alive but two of them have broken legs and the other three of us with minor injuries so we did well. We didn't think we were going to get out.

Otelier Herma

Two years on and nothing has been done in the poorest neighbourhoods. We have found that there has been no policy for housing and that's why so many people have died.

Becky Wett - Red Cross

Two years after the anniversary, up to 250,000 people are still living in camps on Haiti, just like this one in Mais Gate. The Red Cross has been working to de-congest camps, which means helping families leave the camps they are in and move to a more dignified, more appropriate, more sustainable solution.

Hillary Clinton

The United States is offering our full assistance to Haiti and others in the region. We will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.

Nicolas Sarkozy

Our presence here has not only left good memories, the wounds of colonisation and moreover the further conditions on the separation left traces that are still alive in the memories of Haitians. International aid must be massive, sustainable, but only the people of Haiti can define their national reconstruction project.

Hillary Clinton

We are so grateful for what Chile did in Haiti. Your rescue teams were among the very best in the entire world. And we want to help Chile who has done so much to help others.

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