When the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, Ben and Alexis Depp were in Port-au-Prince working with the Mennonite Central Committee. Ben served as a field reporter and communications assistant in a microfinance operation; Alexis worked on sustainable development and as an advocate for Haitian-led use of donors’ money.
What happened on the evening of the earthquake?
Alexis: What was happening didn’t hit me right away. The wall between our house and our neighbors’ house collapsed. I remember thinking, “Oh, no, the flowerpots are falling. That’s going to be a big mess to clean up.” Then I heard Ben yelling at God, saying, “Have mercy on this country.” That’s when I heard buildings collapsing and people screaming.