Situation worsens in Haiti as violence escalates

January 19, 2010
Photo by Kim Haughton

Haiti is growing more tense by the day and violence is escalating in several areas. Behind this trend is a very real frustration and a very real need, which is then coupled with the realization of having just survived a traumatic natural disaster.

The situation is becoming more difficult and violence is filtering out onto streets as the Haitian people demand more assistance. Their patience is faltering but their needs do not lessen. Many of our staff returned to the office today, and emotions were mixed. I was so happy to see them but then saddened as they spoke of their losses; one colleague lost her husband; another, her child.

Their patience is faltering but their needs do not lessen.

I heard how one colleague’s brother was in Caribbean market—the supermarket which collapsed—and had just walked out the door when the earthquake hit. His friends were inside and never came out.  These stories were hard to hear—and have driven home the sheer impact of this disaster.

Concern’s intervention is underway, as the aid pours in. The team has been working tirelessly despite the obvious trauma and I am very proud of them.