Out of the rubble

Haiti's long-term needs

After having been buried for a week in the rubble of Haiti’s January 12 earthquake, Ena Zizi was rescued by the Gophers. As they pulled her dirty and injured body out on a broken piece of plywood salvaged from the rubble and carefully passed her down over three stories of debris to the ground, the 70-year-old woman began singing. Her singing was inarticulate, as she hadn’t had any water to drink for seven days. Yet her joy was infectious. The members of the Mexican rescue team who were carrying her began crying. In the shadow of the Roman Catholic cathedral, in this one small corner of Port-au-Prince’s tortured and grieving landscape, other rescue team members from South Africa and Mexico stopped their digging for a moment and applauded.

 

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