PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—The minute I stepped off my plane in Port-au-Prince, I could feel and see the disastrous aftermath of the Jan. 12th earthquake that shook the most impoverished nation of the western hemisphere. The main terminal at the Toussaint Louverture Airport was partially destroyed, and the yellow ribbons clearly indicated that much of what remained standing was not safe. An old airplane hangar had been converted into a makeshift ‘new’ terminal where passengers, luggage, and customs officers converged. In spite of the obvious inadequacy of the facility, it somehow functioned reasonably well in welcoming the inbound passengers.
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