Postcards from the edge

Postcards from the edge
Tales of (mis)adventure from abroad

One Year Later

One Year Later

haiti stamp

The fact that I was only one hour away by plane from Miami’s extravagant casinos was simply beyond comprehension. I had seen places like these, but deep in the heart of Africa, where you’d “expect them to be”. 10 billion dollars of aid promised to this tiny country and a capital city that for the large part still resembles one gigantic refugee camp. I was supposedly here to help, but to those destitute Haitians staring at me from outside the tinted windows of my shiny chauffeur-driven SUV, was I part of the solution or part of the problem?

-Yannick



There are 6 comments.

  1. comment number 1 by: Wendy

    Hi Yannick!
    This is an eye opener. Where is all this promised money. I hope that it hasn’t gone into the pockets of the local officials, as has happened in the past. I hope that you will be successful in your efforts to help these sweet people.
    You have done so much in other parts of the world.
    Let us know how we can help you, help them.

  2. comment number 2 by: Yannick

    Hi Wendy, I am so happy to read your comment, thank you so much for the offer to help. Although I am working in Haiti for an educational organisation, I am using this opportunity to set up my own personal project here (of course!). I can’t stress enough how much your help will make a concrete difference through this latest project… Stay tuned for details (coming to an inbox near you next week).

  3. comment number 3 by: Alex Crook

    Wow! Truly a question which poses a realm of dilemmas. Only you could answer that Yannick! After all, you are helping them have a better life. Did I just answer your question? 😮

  4. comment number 4 by: Brigitte

    Cette carte postale symbolise tellement la situation à Port-au Prince. Cette vie qui continue au milieu des débris, cet accablement dans la position, cette indécence qui semble naturelle et qui m’a souvent surprise, les couleurs qui appellent des odeurs, les petits tas de légumes pour ceux qui sont trop pauvres pour ne pas vivre au jour le jour, l’indifférence d’une vendeuse à l’éventuel client qui ne mérite pas un regard tant elle semble perdue dans ses pensées, ses souvenirs ou ses rèves …

  5. comment number 5 by: Marie Gobeille

    Bonne question! Heureux celui qui sait se la poser.

  6. comment number 6 by: Yannick

    For those who want to know more and are wondering how you can have 10,000 NGOs and 10 billion dollars of aid not doing much in Haiti? Listen to this radio program: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/408/island-time

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