Last time I returned from Carrefour, everyone asked the same question – How was Haiti? I struggled answering that question in February, and I’m struggling to answer it again now.
The situation there is heartrending. People are living in tents and underneath tarps or in makeshift sheet metal housing. One million people are living in tent cities, according to the Miami Herald. That’s the size of Hartford and Bridgeport combined. People are forced to eat food that’s possibly contaminated by cholera bacterium. People wash up in puddles of rain water – sometimes they have soap, sometimes they don’t. Clean drinking water is a luxury. Toilets are a luxury. Electricity is a luxury.
When it rains there, it pours. Literally. According to the Encyclopedia of the Nations, Port-au-Prince gets 54 inches of rainfall per year. Tropical storms ravage the island regularly.
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