Marie Sylsalve cradled her ten-day-old son McAnley and reflected on the past weeks that have taken an almost incomprehensible toll on her family and nation.
She last saw her husband Andre in the moments immediately following the January 12 earthquake that struck Haiti, hitting its capital especially hard. The family’s home was destroyed and Sylsalve saw a wall fall on Andre. She presumes he is dead. Twelve days later she gave birth in the ruins.
The birth of McAnley cheered her somewhat, but Sylsalve, who worked as a vendor and now lives at a displacement site in the Belair neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, is faced with supporting her infant son and three other children.
She has no immediate prospects for work but retains some hope for her infant son, saying that “everything that comes his way will be good.” But life right now is hard, she said tersely, continuing to cradle McAnley.