On Saturday 14 August a deadly earthquake struck southern Haiti. At the time of writing, more than 1,400 people have lost their lives and thousands are injured. Homes, schools, churches and hospitals have been reduced to rubble. Tearfund is on the ground responding – but it has been a race against time to reach people in need as Tropical Storm Grace hit soon after, hampering relief efforts.
‘People are sleeping outside in the rains – on mattresses, whatever they can find – out of fear and necessity,’ says Marc. ‘Rains have blocked some of the roads and there are reports of landslides.’
The situation is desperate. Hospitals are stretched to the limit. People have lost so much.
Kesner founded a school in Nippes – one of the worst hit areas – and has been running it for more than 50 years. It’s now almost completely destroyed. ‘I have no idea what I am going to do,’ he shares.