Haiti moved down one spot on the 2013 Failed States Index, but not much has changed since a massive earthquake rocked the island nation over three years ago. Billions of dollars in pledged aid for reconstruction has yet to materialize, and around three-quarters of Haitians are either "unemployed or trying to make ends meet in the informal economy," as a recent FP article put it. The country has not received adequate funding or supplies to address a still-ongoing 2010 outbreak of cholera that has resulted in "unnecessary deaths," according to Doctors Without Borders. The United Nations, which has been blamed for causing the outbreak, announced in 2013 that it would not offer any direct compensation to the victims. Despite all of this, luxury hotels are still opening in Haiti, and the country is trying to brand itself as a destination for adventure-seekers.
Above, children and adults scavenge for recyclables and other usable items around a garbage truck at the Trutier dump on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 7, 2012.
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