Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

A country ‘forgotten’: Missoula professor shares experience after visiting area still reeling from disaster

By Katie Kane, The Missoulian June 6, 2010 Port-au-Prince, Haiti – It is 2 p.m. in what used to be the neigh­bor­hood of Croix des Prez in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the “cat­a­stro­phe” of Jan. 12, it became Camp Croix des Prez, only one of the many camps in which more than 600,000 Haitians still live. Four months after the earth­quake, it looks as though the destruc­tion took place yes­ter­day. Con­crete dust, rub­ble, trash, half-collapsed build­ings, rusted tin and tents make up the geog­ra­phy of Croix des Prez. It is a land­scape on tilt. I am here to spend the next 24 hours liv­ing in the camp. I’ve just flown in from Mis­soula where I am a pro­fes­sor of lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­sity of Mon­tana. I landed in the coun­try a few days ago, and now I am about to spend 24 […]

A country ‘forgotten’: Missoula professor shares experience after visiting area still reeling from disaster

By Katie Kane, The Missoulian Port-au-Prince, Haiti – It is 2 p.m. in what used to be the neighborhood of Croix des Prez in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the “catastrophe” of Jan. 12, it became Camp Croix des Prez, only one of the many camps in which more than 600,000 Haitians still live. Four months after the earthquake, it looks as though the destruction took place yesterday. Concrete dust, rubble, trash, half-collapsed buildings, rusted tin and tents make up the geography of Croix des Prez. It is a landscape on tilt. I am here to spend the next 24 hours living in the camp. I’ve just flown in from Missoula where I am a professor of literature at the University of Montana. I landed in the country a few days ago, and now I am about to spend 24 hours in […]

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