Haiti

An Interview with Edwidge Danticat

Editor’s Note: Edwidge Danticat, author of six books including Brother, I’m Dying, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She now lives in the U.S. Danticat engaged in an e-mail interview with Sojourners associate editor Rose Marie Berger.

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Scarcity and Generosity

Buses kept racing by, packed tight with people and chickens and sacks of produce, often with a few more people hanging out the doorway as well as more freight and a crowd piled frightfully on top. The throng who wanted to go to Port-au-Prince was steadily growing, a battle brewing. After 20 minutes a large version of a tap-tap pulled up. As it slowed a few men swung up and on. Women holding baskets or bags of produce wielded them like battering rams to clear a way. Raw Darwinism on display, with the sole exception of a little girl about 7 years old, who was ushered through.

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Living and Loving Through Tragedy

I was at the supermarket at my home in Florida with my two young daughters when my sister-in-law called to ask if I’d heard that there had been an earthquake in Haiti. I was a bit stunned. “Earthquake?” I said. “Are you sure?” She said it was 7.0. That didn’t quite register for me. Then she said it was catastrophic.

Like millions of other Haitians in and outside of Haiti, I was nearly out of my mind with worry. Everyone has seen the images. The fallen buildings. The dead bodies covered with sheets on the street. The amputees. We have also seen the resilient Haitian spirit. In their worst hours, people were singing. The world is more intimately acquainted with that Haitian spirit than it has ever been in the past. The best of Haiti has been on display, even as the country continues to suffer.

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When Vulnerability Is No Act of God

Kent Annan is the Florida-based co-director of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on grassroots education and leadership development. Sojourners associate editor Julie Polter talked to Annan by phone on Jan. 14, two days after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti.

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