As Père Diegue surveyed the unfinished classroom, he remarked: “I’m beginning to understand why I am here.”
Apricot Irving writes with love—and hurt—about her father's misplaced desire to be a savior to others.
I inspected the donkey's teeth, though I wasn’t totally sure how this was going to help me.
Fran Quigley offers a richly informed study of what ails Haiti and what a few dedicated activist lawyers are doing about it.
Reading Edwidge Danticat’s novel Claire of the Sea Light is like swimming through a gentle tide in a body of water known for riptides. The feeling that something invisible, fierce, and irreparable is just under the surface never quite leaves the corner of the reader’s mind. The story traces relational ties in Ville Rose, a small coastal village town in Haiti.
Paul Farmer has a keen sense of the tendency to portray Haitians as helpless victims. This is well evident in his poignant chronicle of the year that began with the January 2010 earthquake.
Pulling works of art from the rubble of buildings destroyed in a disaster may seem trivial compared with providing food and medical care. But it helps ensure the culture's long-term recovery.
After a five-month absence, parts of Port-au-Prince looked marginally better than when I had last seen the city in February. At least some debris from the January 12 earthquake had been removed. But generally, the city seemed at a standstill.