I have been thinking for at least a month about what to write on the two year anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti. I knew everything that I could say would probably be written by someone else in a much bigger outlet than this, and I wasn't here before or during the tragedy. All I could have written were observations that I have made during my short time here. I felt like that wouldn't do justice to this event that had altered so many lives. So we came to this: we would have Haitians tell the story. With short notice we gathered 5 of our acquaintances and filmed their thoughts about where Haiti has come during the past two years, as well as their hopes for the future. Vanessa put it all together in this inspiring video:
I also wanted to give you an accurate sampling of what the country looks like now. So many times in news reports they use old pictures and year's old video clips. Also, depending on the slant of the source they may only focus on the bad, or only on the good. I wanted to show what Port-au-Prince looked like on the exact day two years later. I walked through the city with a friend who had lost his home in the quake as he showed me some of the areas that were "ground zero" in 2010. Port-au-Prince is a very large city, and I was on foot, so obviously I wasn't able to get everywhere to give you a completely accurate view, but this is my attempt:
I hope this helps you get a sense of what it's like here two years later. We will never be able to completely comprehend the scope of the devastation, but the best we can do is to work in solidarity with Haitians as they move on and rebuild their country.