January 12th, 2013.
Three years, three years since January 12th, 2010. Three years since Haïti got hit by a terrible earthquake, killing more than 250 000 and making more than 2 000 000 Haitians homeless.
As I went to Haïti last september, I saw a combative and strong country. They stay dedicated and try to rebuild it, day after day. All you may hear about “lazy people, complaining about life and doing nothing to rebuild the country after the earthquake” is just wrong. Yes, I think there is still a lot to do to ameliorate life conditions such as: improving health conditions, improving schools, providing housing and even repairing the roads … but not everything can be done in two days or even in two or three years.
So, I won’t tell you more about life in Haïti. I only went there for ten days or so and to be honest, I don’t know that much about life it. However, the last thing I want to say to you is that Haitian people are strong and don’t look in the past but rather look forward to the future.
I would like you to think a few minutes about what happened in this country three years ago and think about all natural disasters that happened in the world since and before January 12th, 2010.
We can do nothing to prevent them, but if everyone who is able to do something after a disaster, actually does something, everything might be different.