POTD – Port-au-Prince RC Cathedral

The scale of the damage caused by the earthquake that struck Haiti a year ago is fairly evident physically. Potholed roads, collapsed buildings, raw sewage and rubbish everywhere. (Though the rubbish issue is more to do with it never being collected). The capital Port-au-Prince being so close to the epicentre was near levelled. What cannot be guaged is the lasting psychological after effects.

Taking an early morning tour yesterday morning i stopped off at the Cathedral and met Christope and his son Fritz. amongst the rubble. Through my Haitian interpreter Guy, Cristophe explained that his wife had been killed when the cathedral collapsed as she prayed. He told us that he came here every day and lived in a tent nearby. His son Fritz was listless and clung to his father the whole time we spoke. He seemed to be still dazed by it and had none of the spark you’d expect from a 2 year old.

Directly behind me and to the left i was told that there were approx 120 people still buried in  the rubble, they too had been killed during the quake.

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  • pippakin

    Millions have been donated and there is not much more to be seen than thousands of tents and the hard work of volunteers. Haiti had nothing much to begin with and the international community does not seem to have been much help.

  • Clanky

    “Haiti had nothing much to begin with” therefore ” the international community does not seem to have been much help.”

    Fixed that for you pippakin.

  • pippakin

    Clanky

    No, I’m afraid a couple of asterisks and a therefore won’t do it.

  • pippakin

    Clanky

    Sorry, wrong glasses.

  • pippakin

    Clanky

    Sorry, wrong glasses but even in quotes therefore won’t work.

  • pippakin

    Cranky

    I’m sorry between the wrong (new glasses) and lousy b/b this is getting to be a marathon. The rest of my comment:

    If you could get your head out of your anus and spend a moment thinking about the people of Haiti you might come up with something worth clicking the keys for.

  • Clanky

    Apologies for the delay in reply pippakin, took longer to get my head out of there than I thought!

    Where exactly is the problem? Had this been a developed country with people who consumed goods and whose poverty effected trade then the “International Community” (the governments of the countries who produce the goods) would have taken action, Haiti is a country of poor people who do not consume much, the governments stopped caring when Haiti stopped being headline news.

    I could spend all week thinking about the people of Haiti and it would not make a flying f**k of a difference, a couple of government ministers could as you suggest “spend a moment thinking about the people of Haiti” and do something which will help, they could, but they won’t.

  • pippakin

    Clanky

    Sorry about the extended and protracted comment, a combination of new bifocal glasses and temperamental broadband.

    I thought your comment suggested that the other governments failed because of the Haitian government and doing that excuses the international community. All other governments know the problems with the Haitian government therefore they should bypass that government and help the people directly.

    Its one of those rare situations where the people of a foreign country would welcome other countries being there to help. The Haitian government would object to being left out of the loop but so long as the work was being done and the people could see the change there would be nothing the Haitian government could do.