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Jalissa Garriga
Professor Edwards
Language Practicum
11/07/2012
Haiti

Jalissa Garriga
Professor Edwards
Language Practicum
11/07/2012
Haiti
Introduction
Haiti is one of the world’s poorest nations in the western hemisphere, which is still suffering the impact and devastation of the earthquake today. A nation so often on its knees had been knocked to the ground. (Clinton). On January 12, 2012 Haiti was struck by an earthquake with 7.0 magnitudes. Many Haitians suffered while others lost their lives. The earthquake shred many homes leaving many people homeless. Many towns got ruined and wrecked, even cities got ripped apart and drowned. The churches were crumbled and schools and banks. The best and fanciest hotels in town were crumbled as well. Most importantly the hospitals were a part of the disaster. Haitians suffered from order, safety and comfort. They had to wear mask to block off odor and diseases from the dead bodies that were all over the city. Police stations were down from the great destruction. The city of Part-au-Prince was turned upside down. The earthquake was a tragedy that caused chaos and desperation. Families were desperately crying looking for missing love ones. People were being pulled from collapsed buildings. Haitians suffered from hunger and thirst. The city was left without running water, people were collecting water from below the street. The earthquake killed 230,000 people and left about 1.3 million homeless. “A study by the intern American Development bank estimated that the total cost of the disaster was between $8 billion and $14 billion” (The New York Times). However Haiti is a country that has faced many obstacles but it still has its good things. One of the most beautiful parts of Haiti is Labadie. Labadie is located on the North Coast of Hispaniola. It is surrounded by many beautiful mountains and exotic foliage. It offers beaches, breath taking scenery and wonderful water activities. They even have an amazing Aqua park for children. No matter where you go in Labadie you will find yourself amazed by the beautiful landscape. Haiti’s name means “mountainous country” is derived from the language of the Taino Indians. Taino Indians were known for inhabiting the islands before European colonization. Haiti is located in the subtropics on the western third of the Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean’s. Haiti share island with the Spanish speaking Dominican Republic. Haiti covers 10,714 square miles. The population in Haiti has had steady growth from 431,140 at independence in 1804 to the estimate of 6.9 million to 7.2 million in 2000. “Haiti is one the most densely populated countries in the world. (Countries and their Cultures).

In Haiti French has been the official language of the nation’s history. Majority of the Haitians speak kreyol. The pronunciation and vocabulary of kreyol derived largely from French but similar to creoles. In 1987 when a new constitution was adopted they announced kreyol as the official primary language. Five to ten percent to the population speak fluent French, but in recent years because of emigration to the United States it has help English replace French as the second language in many parts of the population. In the Haitians tradition there national dish is consider to be rice and beans. It is known as the most commonly eaten dish in urban areas. Haiti traditional foods are sweet potatoes, cowpeas, bread, and coffee. They also enjoy from delicious treats such as sugarcanes, mangoes, sweetbread, peanut sesame seed cluster made from melted brown sugar, and considers made from bitter manioc flour. Haitians make a nutritious sugar paste called rapadou. In Haiti people usually eat two times a day. In the morning they eat a small breakfast. Their breakfast consist of coffee and bread, juice or an egg. In the afternoon they are known for eating manioc, sweet potatoes, or rice. There afternoon meal also includes beans or bean sauce and...
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