One year ago today, January 12th., 2010, Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, what Haitians call Tè Tremblé, the earth trembles. Nearly a quarter of a million people were killed and more than 1.5 million were made homeless. It was one of the worst natural disasters in history. I arrived in Haiti two weeks after the earthquake with longtime client Operation Smile of Norfolk, VA, and spent a week in the surgical compound set up at the Love A Child Health Center in Fond Parisiene, about 5 kilometers from the border of the Dominican Republic. I managed to spend my last full day of the mission in the capitol, Port-au-Prince. Here's some of what I witnessed then... ~cg.
*To view more of my earlier work in Haiti, including an in-depth slide show from last year's emergency mission with the trauma surgeons who volunteered their time for Operation Smile, click HERE. (just scroll down beyond this post, as it'll show up again). ~cg.