In September 2008, while assigned in Port-au-Prince, I watched with horror uprooted trees sweeping up like straw. The tropical storm in the capital will make me easily understand the strike of the hurricane which will reach later the northern far away city of Gonaïves. Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Fay will kill more than 500 people and cause tremendous damage to the city of Gonaïves.
When the January 12, 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, I already left the island since four months. Many of my former colleagues were not so lucky. The earthquake caused the death of about 230,000 people and left millions homeless in Port-au-Prince and provincial towns. I came back to Haiti six months after the disaster. The rubbles of my former office had not been removed.
During these desasters which I witnessed first hand or not, I was every time struck by the stunning capacity for resilience of Haitians.
A story composed from September 2008 to June 2010.