Ex-president Carter says Haiti’s poor overlooked

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter says he has not seen many homes built for the poor following the deadly earthquake that rocked Haiti nearly two years ago.

Carter made his comments in interviews Monday as he visited the Caribbean nation, which is struggling to recover from the January 2010 temblor. In one interview, he was quoted as saying he sees the reconstruction of very large houses where rich people live.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are in Haiti to join 500 volunteers from the group Habitat for Humanity in building homes for families displaced by the 7.0-magnitude quake. The homes are to be built in the western town of Leogane, one of the areas devastated by the quake.

The Haiti earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and hundreds of thousands of people still live in tent camps.

Even before the quake struck, Haiti was the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country and was plagued by political violence, lawlessness, corruption and natural disasters.

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