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Fault LinesViews across Haiti's Divide$
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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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We Don’t Have Enough Water to Make Tears

We Don’t Have Enough Water to Make Tears

Surviving the Earthquake, or Not

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(p.12) 1 We Don’t Have Enough Water to Make Tears
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Fault Lines
Author(s):

Beverly Bell

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.003.0002

This chapter shares the stories of those who survived the Haitian earthquake of 2010. It describes what the old downtown around Grand Rue looked like after the earthquake, noting the ghostly and silent streets, which seemed dark even during the day. Small fires burned in the middle of roads. There was no infrastructure, no commerce, no community, no electricity. The disaster caused the tall buildings to crumble and stopped the movement of vehicles. Those who were out had to go through the gray muck of the streets. Their clothes were rags, their bodies emaciated. In a meeting for the survivors of a women's micro-enterprise group, a young woman said, “We've lost everyone. We don't have enough water to make tears anymore.”

Keywords:   earthquake, Haiti, fires, buildings, survivors

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