Post-quake Haiti

by Benny Law September. 25, 2019 645 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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Andrew Buchanan 4 months, 2 weeks ago

To say I enjoyed these images would be wrong - but they did touch my heart. This must have been awful to witness and photograph, but it helps others to see the amount of devastation that had taken place at that time. It was good that you were there as part of a team delivering humanitarian aid, and I'm sure that residents would have benefited from your efforts. The plight of the people of Haiti is not unknown to me, both through news, documentaries and newsletters from various charities that I sponsor. Even some ten years later, Haiti hasn’t recovered from this disaster - can hardly imagine what it is like to try to live there.

Very moving pictures indeed.

Andrew

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Benny Law Replied to Andrew Buchanan 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The trip to Haiti was the only one I have made to a disaster zone in my work. I am not a front-line personnel, and I usually don't get deployed in emergency responses. However, I have travelled to other parts of the world where we do our humanitarian work, and it was very eyeopening. Nothing compares to Haiti though. What I saw and experienced on that trip left a deep impression in me. I am grateful for people like you who take an interest in other people's plight and provide support through charities dedicated to helping them.

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Sabine Phb 5 months, 2 weeks ago

What an aweful sight and what impressive pictures. It is important that you show what this story looked like, so people understand what kind of hardship Haïtians went trough.

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Benny Law Replied to Sabine Phb 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I am grateful that I got the chance to go there to witness for myself. It's true that many of us who live in the developed countries have no idea how hard life is for many other less fortunate people in the world. Thanks for showing your interest and support.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 8 months 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 1 year, 8 months 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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Liz Happer 1 year, 8 months 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 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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Diana Varey 1 year, 11 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 1 year, 11 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 1 year, 11 months ago

Very interesting - and sad - documentation.

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Benny Law Replied to Heike 1 year, 11 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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