The massive earthquake in haiti happened one month ago as of Friday. As the disaster unfolded, we introduced you to a local woman whose family is doing mission work in Haiti. They were among the first people to give us a glimpse of just how bad the situation was.
And Friday afternoon, they gave us a glimpse into the disaster-torn country, one month later.
Terri Snow works with “Youth With a Mission.” He says “this is a most challenging situation it’s been exhausting working ‘til midnight, getting up at five in the morning.”
Unprecedented devastation remains in this already impoverished country.
As the occasional siren races down the leveled streets where shops and livelihood once stood, it almost seems like the lone siren is a reminder of the lack of emergency equipment in the area.
The Red Cross estimates around 200,000 have died. Terri believes the number is much higher.
“I think it’s much more like 750,000 people.”
And then there's the survivors. Like one young orphan.
“There was a little boy in an orphanage in Port au Prince. The whole orphanage caved in and a lot of the kids were killed.”
A rescue worker put the little boy in a coffin because he thought he was dead.
“The boy began to knock on the box and to his shock he was alive.”
Terri and his crew say they'll brace for the months ahead, when survival could be challenged by sickness and infection.
With nearly no bathrooms, earthquake survivors go wherever they can, including the beaches and one abandoned hospital along the coast.
“It was incredibly disgusting. We scraped up several inches of human waste in every room of the hospital.”
YWAM is in the process of building the new hospital, and has now built a public restroom for survivors. Snow says it could still take months and years for the Haitian capital to recover. But he finds hope in people he meets. Like a man he rescued who had been trapped in rubble for ten days with no food or water.
“It shows the incredible resilience and survival ability of the Haitian people.”
Snow says the question is not what Haiti was, but what Haiti will be? He says this is an opportunity to help the country become better than it was before the earthquake hit.
If you'd like more information on YWAM and their efforts in Haiti visit ywam.org.