What do you do when a once in a lifetime natural disaster happens twice?
In less than 7 years time?
6 years, 8 months and 22 days to be exact.
January 12, 2010 – a day that will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of those who care about that little island and country to the south of Cuba. The day an earthquake flattened vast portions of Port Au Prince Haiti.
October 4, 2016 – a day that is becoming etched in the hearts and minds of those who care about Haiti. The day that Matthew slammed into southern Haiti.
The day that he wiped out upwards of 80% of an already scarce food source.
The day that he leveled 9 out of 10 structures in towns with 40,000 and 70,000 people in them.
I read a report today that said that a certain road (I don’t remember the name) that was the only link between one town and the rest of the country was currently under 15 meters of water. 15 meters.
Think about that.
How do you handle once in a life time – twice in 7 years?
What sort of emotional toll does that take?
On the people who live there – and the people who help there.
What sort of physical toll does it take – survivor’s guilt in Northern Haiti – because they are fine?
How can “we” because I firmly believe the right thing is for all of us to help our fellow man – how can we do it right this time? Because substantial evidence exists that we were not prepared for the earthquake and didn’t do it right.
Can you have Post Traumatic Stress from something that happened almost 7 years ago?
I believe you can. I believe it is happening and it’s going to continue to be one of the challenges that Haiti faces as it attempts and works towards recovering from a body blow from Hurricane Matthew.
Ask yourself, what can you do to help?