Haiti: Beyond the Rubble exhibition – 6

A lot of Tearfund’s partners hosted displaced people in the days and weeks following the earthquake. At Parc Chretien in Port au Prince, a school run by Tearfund partner FEPH hosted a few dozen of the church’s neighbours under tarpaulins strung across the basketball court.  On this first of my visits, in March 2010, we (Tearfund journalist Esther Williams and me) spent a lot of time talking with people whose grief was still very raw and fresh.  While Esther was interviewing a group of women, Quinet came over and quietly started talking to me at the back of the crowd.  A teacher and trainee accountant, he lived just up the hill from the church, and had been at home with his wife and two daughters during the earthquake.

‘I started the day on January 12th with everything a man could want: a wife, a family, a house. At the end of the day it was all gone. I lost everything, even my wallet. It was just our baby and I who survived.’

A year on, in January 2011, Quinet was living in slightly more secure housing, sharing a room with his sister and her family, but still looking for work and to rebuild his life.

Quinet and his daughter, Parc Chretien, March 2010

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Richard Hanson :: photographer  :: Sheffield