In January 2010, Haiti was struck by an earthquake. The nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, was hit hardest. Remonde Polché, who has family in Port-au-Prince, went back this summer for the first time in five years. Here, she shares how things have changed.
This past June I traveled to my parents’ native country, Haiti. It had been my first time there in five years. Coincidentally, a relative’s wedding inspired this, as well as the last trip.
Many things occurred within those five years, most prominently the earthquake of January 2010. I am eternally grateful that the lives of everyone in my family were spared. We are ineffably fortunate, as most of my relatives live in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where the 7.0 magnitude earthquake produced an immense amount of devastation. Continue reading