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Two years on, hundreds of thousands of Haiti quake victims remain homeless

Haiti is commemorating the two-year anniversary of a devastating earthquake that ravaged the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, killed roughly 300,000 people and left more than 1.5 million homeless, The Associated Press reports.

Photographer Orlando Barria returned to some of the places in Port-au-Prince that he had photographed in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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Composite photo of the Desallines neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, taken on Jan. 11, 2012 (top) and on Jan. 16, 2010 (below).

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Composite photo of the refugee camp at Champs Mars in front of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 11, 2012 (top) and on Jan. 16, 2010 (below).

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Composite photo of the building which used to be the Triomphe cinema in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 11, 2012 and Jan. 13, 2010 (below).

NBC News correspondent Ron Allen describes what he saw on his recent visit to the city:

Throughout the capital and surrounding area, where some 80,000 buildings collapsed, one of the most striking things you see are the tents. Some camps of them sprawl for acres and acres. Some are smaller, tucked into a corner. Many people live in wood or cardboard framed structures with plastic sheeting or perhaps a piece of tin for a roof.

It's hard to see how people survive the tropical storms and the intense rainy season. Some of the camps have taken on an air of "semi-permanence," run by aid groups, and organized into little self-contained communities. They're not going anywhere anytime soon. Read the full report.

Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

Darlene Claircin, 28, reads her bible inside a shed-like, temporary shelter built on a concrete slab by the Red Cross, that she and her husband are renting, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 3, 2012. Over half a million Haitians are still homeless two years after the earthquake.

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Images of the aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.