Having On January 12, 2010 a massive earthquake laid waste to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Paul Farmer arrived in the Haitian capital, along with a team of volunteers, to lend his services to the injured.
Having worked in the country for nearly thirty years, he skillfully explores the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to the earthquake--the very issues that make it an "unnatural disaster." Complementing his account are stories from other doctors, volunteers, and earthquake survivors.
I hope to have my own personal story to tell when I return from my trip that will not only impact my life but many others.
The best way to read this book: If you are not familiar with Haitian history, read Chapter 4 first, then jump to the Other Voices Section.
Haiti After the Earthquake will both inform and inspire readers to stand with the Haitian people against the profound economic and social injustices that formed the fault line for this disaster.
Reading this book was part of my preparation for a January trip to Haiti.The second part of the book is a collection of essays written by those who were there when it happened and those who came to help.These personal stories were very powerful and my favorite part of the book.He is also one of the founding members of partners in health and international organizati The focal point of this book is the January 12, 2010 7.0 earthquake that occurred with an epicenter in Port-au-Prince Haiti the country's largest city of 3 million people.He is also one of the founding members of partners in health and international organization that works in Haiti and a number of other countries. farmers work in Haiti and Rwanda provide interesting comparisons.What I learned by reading this book: NGOs operate a lot like family members when you need help.Some relatives will show up to help and do actually help some, but also decide that your kitchen is not The best way to read this book: If you are not familiar with Haitian history, read Chapter 4 first, then jump to the Other Voices Section.Only a small percentage are built according to acceptable standards.As a comparison, Chile had an 8.8 magnitude earthquake (one of the largest in history) a month later with less then 600 deaths.He provided a fantastic summary of the history of Haiti and how it connected to the aftermath of the earthquake.Additionally, his connections to Rwanda were interesting and well written. I am actually currently reading this, but having spent 4 months as a disaster relief worker in Haiti and having been in the center of the cholera outbreak, this book speaks so much to my experience in Haiti it already puts me in tears. The focal point of this book is the January 12, 2010 7.0 earthquake that occurred with an epicenter in Port-au-Prince Haiti the country's largest city of 3 million people.