Haiti Earthquake

Haiti Three Years Later: Part I
6:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Haiti Three Years After The Earthquake: Still Rebuilding A Life

Fabienne Jean walks outside her home in Haiti.
Credit Nick Kozak

The earthquake that struck Haiti three years ago this month sent a concrete wall crashing down onto the 30-year-old dancer Fabienne Jean. Her right leg was crushed and had to be amputated. When Fabienne danced again, she was hailed as a symbol of Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery.

But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered, the quest to rebuild one woman’s life would take much more than that.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

One Year After The Quake: “Las Twins”

Carmen Maria Romero
Carmen Maria Romero

Carmen Maria Romero was one of the four medical workers in Haiti whose voices you heard in After the Quake: Patients and Healers. She’s a physical therapist who had already been volunteering in Haiti for ten years, and who traveled there last January to help with the relief efforts.

Romero was so moved by the suffering and the resilience of her patients that she decided to quit her job and relocate to Haiti.

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Haiti Earthquake
2:38 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Lost Between Two Nations

Franco Coby spent a week in a Port-au-Prince jail after being deported to Haiti.
Jacob Kushner

When an earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, the United States stopped deporting Haitian immigrants to the devastated nation. But deportations resumed last January, and Franco Coby, 24, of Fort Myers, found himself banished from the country he grew up in since the age of 6.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:45 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Muralist Makes His Mark In Little Haiti

Miami muralist Serge Toussaint paints a mural in a North Miami backyard.
Trina Sargalski

If you’ve ever visited Little Haiti, you’ve probably seen Miami muralist Serge Toussaint’s work, which is sprinkled throughout the city. How can you tell it’s his work? His signature is a dollar sign instead of an “S” in Serge. He spends most of his time in Little Haiti, but his work can be seen in Liberty City, Little River, Allapattah, the Miami River and all the way to Fort Lauderdale.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:49 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Surviving Survival: Earthquake Victims In Limbo

Haitian earthquake survivors Agathe Jean-Michel, Marie Jubert Attagant and their daughters speak with translator Dr. Marie-Denise Gervais at the health clinic at North Miami Beach High School.
Tina Antolini

After the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, thousands of Haitians fled to South Florida to escape the devastation in their country. Some were able to leave Haiti on tourist visas. Others came as guardians to their injured children. No matter how they came to the country, most have been living in limbo in the United States.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:52 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

A Journalist Turns His Mic On Haiti's Grievances

One of the aftereffects of the earthquake in Haiti is that local journalists have found new freedom. Many are now airing the kinds of political commentary and criticism that used to invite violence and censure– even death.

The shift comes across loud and clear on Haiti’s airwaves, where most people get their news.

Jennifer Maloney brings us the story of Haitian radio host and reporter Makenson Remy, known to listeners as “Four-by-Four” because of his rugged brand of go-anywhere reporting.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:51 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Haiti Reconstruction: Potholes Aplenty For South Florida Developers

While InnoVida has not yet been able to erect the prefabricated homes designed by architect Andres Duany, they have been able to start this small project in Port-au-Prince.
InnoVida, LLC

In March, 150 nations pledged more than $5 billion dollars to rebuild Haiti.  Construction firms around the world, and especially in South Florida, began jockeying for those funds.  Developers and planners from South Florida bid on contracts to build roads, construct housing, and remove debris.  And not just developers and planners.  Even Royal Caribbean, based in Miami, bid on housing contracts.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:53 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

2 East: A Young Patient Helps His Doctor Cope

Dr. Chad Perlyn, Peterson Exais (left of Dr. Perlyn), and other children and staff from 2 East.
Miami Children's Hospital

After the earthquake, nine-year-old Peterson Exais was trapped under rubble for four days. Once he was rescued, Peterson was rushed to a tent hospital in Port-au-Prince.  Chad Perlyn was the first doctor available. He is a pediatric plastic surgeon at Miami Children’s Hospital.

Perlyn knew the tent hospital was not equipped to treat Peterson. So he put the boy on a list for treatment at one of the U.S. hospitals that were tending to young earthquake victims– hospitals in far-flung cities like Orlando, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

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12:55 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Teens Buddy Up With Quake Survivors

Boyd Anderson High School students James Celestin and Michel Philco take a self-portrait.
James Celestin and Michel Philco

After January’s massive earthquake, thousands of Haitians fled to the United States. More than 2,500 of them were school-aged kids who were quickly placed in classrooms across South Florida.

The new students were suddenly immersed in a foreign language, culture, and school system.  It could have been a bewildering experience.  But at Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, the Haitian students who lived in South Florida before the quake took the recent arrivals under their wings.

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12:59 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

TPS: The Long And Winding Road

A sign directs applicants to the fingerprinting area at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services building.
Alicia Zuckerman

A few days after the earthquake, the U.S. government decided that Haitians living in the United States would be eligible for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.  However, there has been much confusion about who can apply, how you apply and what happens after you apply for TPS.

For example, only Haitians who were living in the United States before the earthquake are eligible for TPS.  As Alicia Zuckerman discovered, some Haitians refer to TPS as “Ti Pelen Sosyal”– Kreyol for “L’il Social Trap”– because they fear that they may be deported if they apply.

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1:07 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Faith In The Aftermath

A man stands and prays outside the collapsed National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, on Sunday Jan. 16, 2010.
Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

When Rev. Jean-Mary Reginald learned about the massive earthquake in Haiti, he reflexively walked to his church– Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti– and opened the doors.  People began to arrive immediately.  The church, he says, “is the living room” of the Haitian-American community in South Florida.

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Haiti Earthquake
2:34 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Hear The Hymn: Mwen Pap Sa Bliye

WLRN

This hymn is the one you hear under our piece, “Faith in the Aftermath.” The original segment explores how parishioners at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church here in Miami leaned on their faith and on song after their country’s massive earthquake– to heal and to release their grief.

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Haiti Earthquake
2:44 pm
Sat July 17, 2010

A Special Hour On Haiti

WLRN

In this episode, we look at how the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti changed life here in South Florida. We tell stories from a school that absorbed quake survivors, from a church that opened its doors to the grief-stricken, from lawyers’ offices where Haitians applied for an immigration shield, and from a hospital tent where tired doctors were uplifted by a song.

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Haiti Earthquake
11:07 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Patrick Farrell: An Audio Slide Show From The Quake

Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AUDIO SLIDE SHOW.

Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell has been traveling to Haiti for years.  In fact, it was has evocative work about the victims of Haiti’s disastrous 2008 storms that won him the Pulitzer Prize.

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Haiti Earthquake
11:03 am
Thu July 15, 2010

Songs From A Tent Camp

A young woman prays at the site of the collapsed National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, just days after the earthquake.
Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

While I was reporting on the earthquake in Haiti, I was often taken aback by people singing. Walking down the street, a nun stretched her palms to the sky and seemed to be singing a question to the heavens.  And on my last night in Port-au-Prince, I recorded quake survivors singing at 3 a.m., as they danced around a tent camp– no toilets, no air conditioning, little food– singing.

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