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Haiti: Oprah Winfrey, it's "like the earthquake happened yesterday"

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:21

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Oprah Winfrey did not see significant improvement in the lives of the Haitian people who were devastated by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake nearly two years ago.

Despite billions of dollars in humanitarian relief and a new government that has promised change from past regimes of corruption, the long-time television icon tweeted from her 'verified' twitter account:

"For 500k Haitians still homeless life is like the earthquake happened yesterday..."

Winfrey arrived in Haiti on Sunday night and spent Monday at J/P HRO, a tent camp for internally displaced persons ran by Hollywood actor Sean Penn.

On Tuesday, Winfrey's tweet only added to the overall sentiment that after millions of donations not much has been done towards helping families rebuild their lives.

One million people were homeless in Port-au-Prince in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. Close to half have relocated outside of the city limits into the provinces.

The Haitian government has relocated a small fraction of homeless families that were in public spaces, such as the Sylvio Cator Stadium, which hosted the World Cup Qualifiers in October and in Petion-Ville, to free up land at a golf course.

Oprah Winfrey was still at the J/P HRO camp on Tuesday and expects to see an orphanage, Donna Karen and Haitian artists, tweeting at 10:00 AM EST:

"In Haiti at Sean Penns camp for IDP's. Great work being done here. On way to an orphanage. Then going to see Haitian Art and artists."

President Michel Martelly said on Friday he would have hosted Winfrey on Monday but no information regarding an encounter has been released.