Monthly Archives: June 2010

Delmas 31 Cockfight

Brillant was late, which isn’t like him.  Around 3:15, as I was walking to the restaurant, one of the other guys who works at the Palm Inn caught up with me and, holding out his phone said, “It’s your friend, … Continue reading

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Hopital St. Louis

I had tried repeatedly to schedule a meeting with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), winner of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, through its press office in Port au Prince, but without success.  My phone calls weren’t returned, my emails … Continue reading

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Mirtho Belle Fleur and Handicap International

Mirtho Belle Fleur, 21 years old, was receiving physical therapy from Kirsty Luard at Handicap International’s orthopedic center in downtown Port au Prince.  Mirtho lost his right leg above the knee in the earthquake when his house in the Nazon … Continue reading

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American Refugee Committee at Acra

American Refugee Committee International (ARC) is dedicated to assisting refugees, displaced people and host communities in taking control of their lives and achieving self sufficiency.  As Melanie Megavand, the protection coordinator at the Acra tent camp put it:  “We’re pretty … Continue reading

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Around Port au Prince, Part Two

The Acra tent camp is a short walk from Brillant’s house and, unlike the others we visited, truly a city in itself. Coming around a bend in the road leading to the entrance, I spied the camp off to my … Continue reading

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Around Port au Prince, Part One

Port au Prince today is a crazy patchwork quilt of collapsed buildings, untouched structures and tent camps, sometimes with all three existing side by side. Brillant came to the hotel at 8 a.m. on Monday, his one day a week … Continue reading

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Brillant Buder

Brillant Buder, 23 years old, came to Port au Prince from Cap Haitien on Haiti’s north coast approximately a year and a half ago to try to fulfill his father’s dream of him becoming a doctor. Unfortunately, to this point … Continue reading

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Guerrier Carmen and Kerline Jean Louis

Guerrier Carmen, a member of a Partners in Health Community Rural Mobile Clinic team led by Carmen Maria Romero, a physical therapist from Miami, walked into the baking hot one room home of Kerline Jean Louis in Tierra Thomonde, Haiti … Continue reading

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Arrival Port au Prince

Arrived from Fort Lauderdale at 7:30 a.m. local time, which is the same as Austin time. Three quarters of the people on the plane were Haitian, including everyone in my immediate vicinity.  Walked through a corner of the terminal past a local … Continue reading

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