We remember the Haiti earthquake. On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake struck 25 km southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake was one of the worst disasters this world has ever known, killing over 200,000 people and causing widespread damage and suffering.
As we remember the event, we remember the people. Those who lost their lives. Those who lost their loved ones. Those who lost their homes, their livelihoods, their hope.
Haiti’s challenges have certainly not ended. There are new challenges added upon the old. Still, we stand with Haiti, with a very deep hope for the future. Our hope is not a naive optimism, but a much deeper conviction that Haiti has always, and will always, have so much to offer and teach the world. We remember the Haitian people for their determination and fierce will to survive. We remember the Haitian people for leading the way in the emancipation of slaves. We remember the Haitian people for raising their voices amidst the many forces constantly attempting to silence them.
The above photo, taken by Sarnia photographer Meghan Bond, shows a beautiful bloom that has grown up through the cracks in the rubble at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption, damaged during the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
In remembrance we share the following poem, by Wayne Westfall.
HAITI dated: 20/01/10
an island in the sea
filled with poor and poorest
an earthquake strikes this unprepared people
an act of treason by this most trusted element
this very ground on which we walk
from which we all spring 4th
and 2 which we all return
200,000 dead wrap your mind
around that add a few more zeros
hungry wet cold fatigue
people crushed by poverty
now crushed by the earth itself
what can we do 2 help u
that is the question
a reporter asks us 2 remember
an orphaned girl and a homeless family
remember and then act
so simple it seems
just do it