On his commitment:
“I don’t want to be naive. It’s going to be a stretch. It’ll be hard, but I’m excited about it. Enough so that after a couple of heart incidents and being sixty-three years old, I am prepared to spend three years on it. They want the right things for their country.”
On cleaning up the devastation:
“You may have seen where someone said it may take us two and a half years to clean the rubble out of Port-au-Prince even if we had a thousand trucks all working round the clock, because of the volume of material… That’s premised on the assumption that the roads are bad, and we have to take the rubble out to centralized dumps and all that.” He shifts from one hip to the other, then sits forward. “So I got ’em working on a thing now where they go into, let’s say, a two-square-block area, and let’s say there are twenty lots that are devastated. They collect all the rubble and store it right there on two or three lots, whatever you have to do. You clear the others out and let people rebuild by lottery…. We’re going to have to be clever, but if people can see the homes coming back, and if we could put many, many more people to work, I think that would make a huge difference.”
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OPINION: SLOW EARTHQUAKE DEBRIS REMOVAL HINDERS HAITI’S RECOVERY
ONE MONTH AFTER THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE, AMERICARES RELIEF STILL DESPERATELY NEEDED