Haiti: Reports of Survivors Trickle In

Several blogs have published a list of Haitian and international writers, artists, scholars, and staff members who either live in Haiti of had traveled there to attend “Étonnants Voyageurs [Astonishing Travelers],”the International Book and Film Festival of Haiti, and who have been able to confirm that they are alive and well. The festival was taking place from January 1 to 17. The residents and travelers were to attend numerous events in nine regions–Port-au-Prince, les Cayes, Jacmel, Les Gonaïves, Le Cap, Port-de-Paix, Jérémie, Le Limbé, and Saint-Marc—but were going to congregate on January 14 in the capital.

The people who have been reported to be well are Arnold Antonin and family, Mimi Barthélémy, Dominique Batraville, Mimerose and Lolo Beaubrun, Anaïse Chavnet, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Marianne Faurobert, Jean-Claude Fignolé, Frankétienne and family (although their home crumbled to the ground), Laënnec Hurbon, Marinio Jeune, Dany Laferrière, Monique and Solange Lafontant, Yanick Lahens, Marie Laurence Jocelin Lassègue (Minister of Culture and Communication), Michèle-Pierre Louis, Lorraine Mangonès, Kettly Mars and family, Jean-Euphèle Milcé, James Noël, Emmelie Prophète, Rodney Saint-Eloi, Thomas Spear (of Lehman College; http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ile.en.ile/), Lyonel Trouillot, and Gary Victor.

Some of these survivors were able to transmit text messages about their surroundings, their observations, and states of mind, for example Yanick Lahens, who says “I am alive and I cry.” Laënnec Hurbon writes, “I have seen what they call an apocalypse, no one can imagine a situation like this one in Port-au-Prince.” Louis-Philippe Dalembert’s message reads, The earth continues to shake, the situation is catastrophic, but on the personal side, everything is fine. The internet and phones work intermittently, we sleep under the stars, but we are holding up and the nights are beautiful in Haiti.”

[Note: http://haiti-seisme.blogspot.com/ is also frequently updating news of the status of families in various regions.]

 [Many thanks to Kristian Van Haesendonck for bringing this item to our attention.]

For full article and messages from some of these survivors, see http://www.inversalis-productions.eu/blog/2010/01/tremblement-de-terre-a-port-au-prince/ and http://www.ventsdailleurs.com/

Photo from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1242929/Haiti-earthquake-pictures-How-natural-disaster-ripped-island-apart.html

One thought on “Haiti: Reports of Survivors Trickle In

  1. “Un mot aux oubliés”

    Haïtiens! Consciemment, si les morts ne peuvent danser, Pourqoui leur donnez-vous du Tamtam? Pourquoi leur faire avoir l’arôme du Tafia? Vous! de l’autre côté des fissures: Souvenez vous d’où se trouvaient vos chers voisins disparus au jour ‘J’? Si oui! Pourquoi leur faire encore attendre le requiem de leurs mémoires? Consciemment, si les morts ne savent danser, pourquoi leur donnez-vous du Tamtam aux champs de mars si fragile? Pourquoi vous laissez-vous emporter et tout oublier à l’arôme du Tafia refusé par vos chers voisins pour leur digne paix éternelle!!!

    Patriotiquement vôtre!

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