Nadia Shira Cohen

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On January 12th, 2010 Haiti suffered a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the epicenter, just 15 miles outside of the capital, Port Au Prince. Official government statistics claim 300,000 people perished although other sources contend the number was significantly lower. In the days following the disaster, reversing a decades long trend, hundreds of thousands of thousands of Haitians fled from the capital to the countryside. They packed into relatives’ houses, sometimes with upwards of 30 family members spilling out onto the front lawn. Hospitals were overloaded as they tended to the locals and those coming from the city. And yet life was somehow less miserable, surrounded by nature, where you could pick a mango off the tree and head to the river for fresh water.

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