This site normally discusses the quality of the cement block and the concrete ready-mix used in the rebuilding efforts for Haiti. But we must share an image that was provided by a friend, Chef Ron Duprat. The picture demonstrates how rioting contributes to more sadness and loss in Haiti.
These concrete blocks that are littering the streets of Port-au-Prince are not a result of any earthquake devastation, but rather the action of a frustrated people expressing their anger using their own building materials.
When poverty, natural disaster, sickness and extended tent-life combine with rumors of election fraud the result is this type of damage. Damage to lives, to streets and even to some building blocks that could have been used to make someone a better shelter.
We hope that the unrest subsides and that the government and the people of Haiti find some common ground soon. There is such a short supply of good building supplies; we hate to see it wasted in the street and contributing to the millions of cubic yards of rubble that already exists.