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First Person: One year on from Haiti earthquake, time to return home – UN News

“When the earthquake struck, I had no idea what it was as I had never experienced something so loud and dramatic before. I thought it was an act of God and I was terrified.

My whole house was shaking so I rushed outside wit…….

“When the earthquake struck, I had no idea what it was as I had never experienced something so loud and dramatic before. I thought it was an act of God and I was terrified.

My whole house was shaking so I rushed outside with my daughter to see what was going on, and I realized it was a tremor from beneath the earth. Then part of my house collapsed, and large cracks appeared in its cinder block walls.


UN Haiti/Daniel Dickinson

The temporary camp opened in Devirel four days after the August 2021 earthquake.

The community came together

We were lucky, because no-one in my family was injured, but I knew many neighbours who died. The community, which is rural and made up of farmers and people buying and selling goods, came together and we helped each other. We saved many children by digging them from beneath the rubble.

I think the earthquake made us stronger as a community and that helped us when we moved into this temporary camp in Devirel on the edge of the city of Les Cayes, just five days after we fled from our home.

Life here is very tough. We live, in twos and threes, in small shelters made from plastic sheeting. It is hot because there are no trees here and when it rains it is very muddy. There is not much to eat, but we continue to look after each other and share the small amount of food that we have.

UN support

When we arrived, we received a lot of support from the United Nations*. We received a hygiene kit and were able to use a bathroom which had been built for us. I received some cash payments so I could afford to carry on sending my daughter to school and at one point she received free school meals.

My aunt also received some financial assistance as she is disabled and particularly vulnerable. I’m very grateful for this …….

Source: https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/08/1124382

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