Post-quake Haiti

by Benny Law September. 25, 2019 350 views

It's been almost 10 years since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake in January 2010. These photos were taken while I was in Port-au-Prince five months after the earthquake as part of a team delivering humanitarian aid. Most of these images were shot from a moving vehicle using a point-and-shoot camera.

The severely damaged presidential palace.

The severely damaged presidential palace.

Tent cities can be seen everywhere. Temporary shelters turn into permanent residence due to the extremely slow progress of rebuilding and rehabilitation.

Tent cities can be seen everywhere. Temporary shelters turn into permanent residence due to the extremely slow progress of rebuilding and rehabilitation.

Many government buildings and offices were destroyed in the earthquake.

Many government buildings and offices were destroyed in the earthquake.

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Bethany Plonski 2 months, 1 week ago

I like the saying about how in any crisis/disaster situation we should look for the helpers. I'm grateful for people like you who go to help with situations like this. It's hard to imagine...

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Benny Law Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for your kind words, but I felt that my contribution was so insignificant compared to the needs of the people there. I could only remind myself with these words (can't remember who said it): I can't help everyone, but I can help someone.

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Renee Wallace Wilson 2 months, 2 weeks ago

OMG! This is devastating.

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Benny Law Replied to Renee Wallace Wilson 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, it was indeed a large scale disaster. So many buildings collapsed due to poor construction.

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Liz Happer 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I have just read your new post From Jan 20 which has redirected me here. Made me remember some of the street scenes I saw in Nicaragua after an earthquake. I visited the year after whilst teaching in El Salvador. It has made me want to find my photos/slides to look at them again.

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Benny Law Replied to Liz Happer 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Your teaching experience in El Salvador must have been a very enriching one.

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Diana Varey 6 months ago

You did a great job of capturing the devastation. Wonder what it looks like today.

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Benny Law Replied to Diana Varey 6 months ago

Thanks, Diana. I haven't been back since, but I believe the situation there is still quite bad. The recent protests there aren't helping either.

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Heike 6 months ago

Very interesting - and sad - documentation.

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Benny Law Replied to Heike 6 months ago

Indeed. The people of Haiti have had to endure so much, there is no end to their hardship and struggle. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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