Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Found Photos: Haiti

Going through photos in my computer and I find these. Then I realise it has been a year since I was in Haiti. It was a very intense experience for me, going there just after the earthquake and seeing the people struggle to rebuild their lives. I wrote a post about my experience here , here and here.

So for now I leave you with some more pics of what I saw there!

Port Au Prince, people struggling to rebuild their lives

Public transport in Haiti, equivalent to what in Kenya we refer to as matatus. Here they are called tap tap, apparently from the noise the tout makes by tapping a coin to the body of the bus as they signal the driver to stop

The Sri Lankan UN soldiers that manned Jacmel. I became good friends with the commander as he loaned us a truck for the film screenings

Yes, space for putting up tents was at a minimum, so some put up tents in the middle of the road!


Port Au Prince

FilmAid screenings


  1. It's been a year already? Time does fly! I wonder how the rebuilding is going. It's quite a system shocker when you imagine these are real people going through some of these tragedies. God's mercies to them.

  2. Very interesting memories for you.

  3. Wow that must have been an emotional time for you. I didn't realize or remember that you had been to Haiti. I'll have to go back and look at some of your earlier posts. Hey will you be in Nairobi in late May or mid June?

  4. It is very strange and emotionally stirring to see a place before and after a catastrophe. Thank you very much for posting these pictures.

    Hope you have been well.

    Joy always,

  5. @Carol, yes time really flies! Of course a lot has happened in Haiti since then, from the cholera outbreak that killed I think over a thousand people to the presidential elections...

    @Jane, interesting memories! I especially loved Jacmel, Port Au Prince was so depressing!

    @Joyful, yes I plan to be in Nairobi at that time. Of course anything can come up but for now, my plan is to be in Nairobi. You coming over?

    Susan, I have been well. Hope you are fully recovered from the chicken pox? :)

  6. I really appreciate seeing these pictures! My grandfather worked in Haiti for many years before he died, he built homes there for people who needed them and used to write me such fascinating long letters all about the people, customs, everything so although I have never been there, Haiti has a special place in my heart. :)

    Have a lovely day!

  7. I'm thinking about it. I'll call you if I get there and have some time in NBO.

  8. Great Post. We should not forget what happened in Haiti. I feel too many people have "moved on" The people of Haiti still need our help.

  9. @Colleen, glad to know you appreciate the pics and that your dad spent time there! It is a beautiful country though the cities are something else...looks like politicians really messed up the place

    Steve, I agree with your sentiments. It is the way of the world today, as soon as you are not headline news we tend to forget

  10. I can only hope, that after being that broken they have managed to take up the pieces and rebuild their lives, man sure does forget fast, I must admit I didn't have much Haiti in my mind even Japan was beginning to fade... I look around for someone to blame, but still three fingers point squarely back at me...

  11. Mackel9, By the time I was there, the people were trying to pick up the pieces and move move on. Now they even have a new president, but I think it is a country with some serious issues that need to be addressed by its people

  12. It amazes me how they afford to stay calm and rebuild themselves without shouting and pointing fingers, we have a lot o borrow from these chaps.