5 years after the earthquake, Ayiti p’ap péri!
By Dave Hampton
Today is the fifth anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake which rocked Haiti.
After reports on moments of silence observed, and reflections of that fateful day, you will have, by now, read or hear several accounts of Haiti today.
How far the nation is still behind.
How ineffective international aid has been, how it has been misallocated, how many homes were built or not built, and how many still must be built to reach the thousands still languishing in temporary camps.
How the government disappoints – its lack of capacity, the corruption, the re-appearance of unwelcome ghosts from the past (especially “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who returned in 2011 after an absence of nearly 25 years, and died there in 2014), and the specter of authoritarian rule.
You will have already read or heard all the reasons why not enough has been done in five years.
And that’s as it should be, for there is much to be held to account, still.
But for me…
not today. Not today.
Ayiti p’ap péri! (Haiti shall never perish!)
It is ironic how fortunate I have been to come to know so many people as a result of the events of January 12, 2010.
Today, I share the reflections of some of the friends, colleagues, and former coworkers from my 3 years in Haiti: why they are hopeful for Haiti’s future, or how working in Haiti inspired them.