The photo on the left was taken while I was teaching a photojournalism workshop in Port au Prince last December. The image on the right was taken from the same location in January just days after the earthquake. This image is posted in a high resolution format, so I urge you all to view it at its full size to see the detail (if you are viewing this on the web you can double-click the image to open the larger view and for those that are viewing via RSS it should appear at its full size).
The building that I was staying in and photographed the "before" image from was completely destroyed in the earthquake. When I returned and shot the "after" image I was able to climb up on the rubble and get nearly the same angle as the first image was shot from. Looking closely at the two images shows the massive amount of destruction as well as an idea of what the Haitians are facing as far as clean up and rebuilding. If you look at the layers and layers of concrete, you can begin to see how removing the rubble will be a massive undertaking. Removal is only half the battle; rebuilding the city and doing so with high quality building standards that will prevent such a high death toll in future quakes will be essential, and only possible once the destruction has been cleaned up.
Haiti will be suffering from this humanitarian crisis for years to come and we must all continue to pay attention to the needs of the Haitian people.