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Haiti earthquake: Six months later, are relief efforts dragging?

While more than $2 billion in aid is helping the Haiti earthquake recovery, critics including singer Wyclef Jean say progress is still too slow.

Police raise the Haitian flag in front of the Jan. 12 earthquake damaged National Palace in Port-au-Prince, July 4.

Alexandre Meneghini/AP

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Six months after the catastrophic 7.0-magnitude Haiti earthquake, signs of progress show that the outpouring of donations from the US government, households, and organizations played a major role in helping the relief effort.

• More than $1 billion came from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and the Department of Defense.

President Obama has promised another $1.15 billion, representing about 22 percent of the $5.27 billion pledged by nearly 40 countries and international institutions during the next two years.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have collected more than $36 million from US businesses and 200,000 individuals.

• Polls show that nearly half of American households contributed to Haiti, donating $1 billion since January through the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations such as the American Red Cross.


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