Haiti, 14 August 2021
How do we deal with catastrophes, if we cannot take our courage in both hands and move forward? Haiti do we leave your children to suffer?
Haiti was hit with a massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake this morning.
Our partner school in Donc d’Aquin which was due to open in September was destroyed by the earthquake. Search and rescue are underway so the death toll is not known. An estimate of 130,000 people have been affected. I cannot even imagine what it must be like having to relive the trauma of the earthquake that devastated the country in 2010.
I remember the stress of the aftershocks. Sleeping on the floor in the Agro Action office with most of their staff members who had lost their homes. I slept with my passport and other documents in a small bag by my head in case I had to run out of the building. Which was too often. There were aftershocks daily and nightly. When an aftershock occurred we ran out of the building with the rest of the neighbourhood. People were screaming “Please God we are sorry for what we did” “Help us”, “Save us”. When things calmed down we would go back inside and wait for the next one.
Now the whole thing starts again. Shortage of food, water and finding a place to sleep. And the children are living through it again.