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Haiti: A Land Forgotten
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:50:58 PM »

Written by one of our own...........Slideaway
(Dan Reiter)
The beachside Resident has the entire article here
Nice work all around Dan!

Last November, I took a charter flight into the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with Habitat for Humanity’s annual Carter Work Project. Our mission: to build 100 homes for Haitian families displaced by the 2010 earthquake. The quake — a result of 250 years of bottled-up stress on a Caribbean fault line — demolished nearly every building in the capital city, killed 316,000 Haitians, and exiled over one million people to homelessness among the ruins.

One-time President Jimmy Carter flew on the airplane with us. His eyes sparkled as he passed down the aisle to shake hands with each passenger. His voice was spritely and polished, his back slightly hunched. He moved much like a man on the campaign trail.

As we descended upon the island, our plane buckled in heavy turbulence. A nervous tremor rippled through the cabin. Below us, shadows passed wraithlike over scalped brown mountains, a white crescent reef, a turquoise sea. Someone bolted for the bathroom.

Two years have passed since Haiti’s grande catastrophe. Two years since waves of the injured and the damned poured into tent cities. Since the world wept over Port-au-Prince’s mass graves. More avant-garde disasters have since taken center stage in the collective consciousness: the Gulf oil spill, the Japan tsunami, the Fukushima fallout.


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Re: Haiti: A Land Forgotten
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 08:59:13 PM »

great writing, that.  well done.


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Re: Haiti: A Land Forgotten
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 06:10:26 AM »

Great article and great work they are doing.


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Re: Haiti: A Land Forgotten
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012, 09:31:53 PM »

Hey Sean thanks for posting this... here's a link to some pictures of the people moving into the houses:

Haitian families moving in

Nice front page pics the past few days. Pretty waves, and the blurred car.
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