The Unknown Wrath of Hurricane Sandy: Haiti and the Aftermath of the Storm
With Hurricane Sandy over and the main attention being focused on the Northeast region of the United States, many are unaware of the full destruction that Sandy delivered. In Haiti, the wrath that the hurricane left behind was incredibly heart-wrenching.
A new mother and resident of the country, Fifi Bouille, recalled the storm being one of the worst. Taking place as she was giving birth, many of her family members in attendance didn’t know what to expect – if the tent they were in would blow away, if the newborn may die, and now the current concern: how to feed and take care of her child. The hurricane didn’t just take Bouille’s tent, but her belongings as well. Having retreated to a refugee camp, with many others, individuals like Bouille face what is left of Sandy and are trying to make do with what is available. Noted as one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, the attention is still greatly turned to the destruction caused in the United States: a land of freedom and an outpour of privilege.
Sandy turned dirt roads and paths into deep, fast running streams in the village of Jacquet in the district of Gantheir, an hour north-east of Port-au-Prince. About three-quarters of the people in this community of 2,850 people had their homes destroyed. Most of the homes were built from the same mud that gushed down from the denuded mountainside. All that was left of the school was a few dozen breeze blocks, upended desks and a twisted blackboard that still had the lesson notes “history needs its documents” chalked up in French. The nearby football pitch and farm fields were filled with mud and rocks.