Today marks the ten-year anniversary of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010—leveling parts of Port-au-Prince, Léogâne (the epicenter), and the surrounding areas, and leading to thousands of deaths.
Author Edwidge Danticat (who spent most of his childhood in Port-au-Prince) reflects in his New Yorker article, “Haiti Faces Difficult Questions Ten Years After a Devastating Earthquake,” about what might have been. He poses this question even as Haiti now faces extreme unrest with demonstrations against fuel hikes, corruption, and other systemic problems — and the situation continues to worsen.
“Sorrowful anniversaries also inevitably make us wonder what might have been. What if three hundred and sixteen thousand people—the death count, according to government estimates—had not perished? What might they have contributed to their communities, their country?”
Read Danticat’s entire article here.
Conditions do continue to deteriorate for the people of Haiti. We will continue to do the next right thing. Your contributions to Forging Futures enables to keep sending support, even in the midst of the chaos.
The Haitians often say: Lavalas pa janm bwote sa Bondye sere pou w’. The storm cannot carry away what God has in store for you. Hope Eternal! May it be so.