Haiti – Through The Eyes Of Children

otch-infant93 It is January and this marks another anniversary of the horrible earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.  Each year in early January we gain another opportunity to poke a stick in the cages of the powerful forces that control life in Haiti.  The entrenched business class (they come in all colors in Haiti) has never had it so good.  They no longer need to funnel away piles of money for private armies.  They have the UN to keep the peace.  Business has never been better.   They will never run out of hard working cheap labor.  And now they have foreign entities with loads of money to patronize their businesses.  As new generations manage to gain skills and varying degrees of education, the existing labor pool becomes an even better value for employers.  Haiti is an occupied Nation that appears to be incapable of recovering from a continuous wave of political and socioeconomic adversities.  This is what the world is being told by the international press.  In the case of the 2010 seismic disaster, the ferocious devastation and human suffering stunned the world.  Speeches were made and good people rushed in to help however they could.  World governments offered help and made more promises not to abandon Haiti.   This time they promised to help Haiti turn the corner.   This was the cathartic national disaster that would finally forge strong and purposeful leaders in Haiti to imagine a new Haiti, and to dedicate their lives to making that new Haiti come to fruition.  Is there widespread disappointment with these efforts to rebuild Haiti into a better nation?  I suppose that depends on who you ask.  Haiti’s plight has been harnessed by big business and global politics.  The tent cities are smaller and the slum areas are spreading.  Does anyone have a master plan?  If there is such a thing,  it needs to be implemented quickly.

The Enriquillo fault line that runs through Haiti is no longer considered the main culprit that caused the 2010 magnitude-7.0 quake.  New data is pointing to yet another fault line.  The scientific community is not standing still with new analysis.  Seismic monitoring stations have been installed throughout Haiti.  While a new view as to what happened in 2010 is being revised with fresh data, Haiti remains in the lurch with the very real possibility of more quakes to come.  And that brings us back to Haiti’s unfolding future.  Will it be any different than what we see now?   Who really controls the future of Haiti?  Everyone talks about “saving the children”.  A well meaning thought that appears to be without much substance at the moment.  We can probably save the children from starvation, but there is an obvious need to save the children from becoming pawns in the repetitious wasteland of Haiti’s recent history.  The children may have to save themselves.  Out of each new generation will come powerful and determined leaders.  Some will be right out of the nasty tent cities and slums of Port-au-Prince.  These will be men and woman of great resolve.  Some will have little or no mercy on the forces that now control their future.  Some of these new leaders will bring great good while others will bring tremendous hatred and fear.   These will be opposing forces. Through the eyes of children Haiti will embrace one or the other.


  1. Delmas Luis says:

    Well said. Thank you. Timoun yo ap konnen ki moun ki te ede yo. Merci

  2. The boy’s photo says so many things. His eyes are mistrustful, but his mouth is smiling. He is better off in Haiti. In America he could suffer a worst fate walking down the street or sitting in a parked car in a gas station.

  3. Tristan says:

    A soul photo. Nice.

  4. Randolph Chabot says:

    Very well said.

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