BBC
January 13, 2010

Haiti appears to have had more than its fair share of chaos, poverty and natural disasters. And, as has happened so often in the nation’s past, just when the situation was getting better, a fresh catastrophe struck, writes Nick Caistor.

Until it was destroyed in the earthquake on Tuesday, Haiti’s presidential palace was the most beautiful building in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Gleaming white, its imposing, harmonious structure was a symbol of the promise that has so often been dashed in this country of 10 million inhabitants.

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