Part 3: Denise founder, René Aubry visits

Day 8 (Jan 28, 2010)

Rene Aubry has arrived on his assessment trip and we spend two days looking at the damage and injuries caused by the earthquake.  At hospital Commutae there is a team of Japanese doctors, a lot of patients and some new aid workers arriving.

We visit a number of damaged sites including a demolished factory, City Bank which is just a pile of rubble, the Digcel building, a makeshift radio station set up next to the damaged broadcasting centre, and the home of Marsh Micel’s aunty who died in the earhthquake.

Day 9

Day trip with Rene to Leogane near the earthquake epicenter. Leogane was supposed to be the most badly damaged place in Haiti with 95% of buildings affected. On arrival it did look bad, but no worse than the worst areas of Port au Prince. Being in a small town though, the proportion of damaged buildings is much higher.  At a funeral home I find a hearse crushed by falling debris.

During the day we also stop to visit relatives of Rene who are VERY happy to see him. Also the family of the guide we have in Leogane. His daughter died under a collapsed wall while playing with a friend who survived.

On the way back we see a camp and people waiting for food. Some are fighting to get in line and the distributors look very worried with only enough food for 1 in 3 people.

Day 10

Late at night demolition of the destroyed buildings begins. Bodies must still remain here. Who knows if they will ever be found or simply dumped into landfill.

Day 12

I walk out of Petionville down to a slum area that was damaged. A few people are back at their homes to see what they can salvage.

I go downtown again and see increasing signs of life. A man collecting rubbish from a river, markets on the street and people cleaning their front doors and businesses. It’s easy to see whether someone has died here, a path of cleared rubble leading to the doors of the lucky survivors.

Part 1: An uncertain arrival

Part 2: Too many people, too little food

Part 4: With Denise doctors on the frontlines

Denise Founder, René Aubry. Photograph by Christian Kober.

Denise Founder, René Aubry on damage assessment trip. Photograph by Christian Kober.

Marsha Michel at the house of her aunty who died in the quake. Photograph by Christian Kober.

Denise Founder, René Aubry on damage assessment trip. Photograph by Christian Kober.

Photograph by Christian Kober.

Photograph by Christian Kober.

Photograph by Christian Kober.

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