This was written yesterday by Bob Thorp, a member of our Complementary Interventions team, who has been in Haiti working with our staff since shortly after the earthquake.

“I’ve witnessed a metamorphosis here since arriving here 21 days ago. Then, the words I could use to describe what I saw was a whole city in shock, walking around like zombies, walking wounded. Blank stares. Hollow eyes, caked with mud, now dry from an inability to produce more tears. A survival mentality had set in – each one for themselves. Walk right past someone trapped, because they needed to get home to find their own loved ones.

“Today, car horns blare from 4:00am on late into the night. The continual roar of traffic, occasional squealing of tires, movement everywhere. Life is returning to Port-au-Prince. It started like a drip – in dire need of food and water, street vendors started setting up shop – hawking anything and everything. Fruits and vegetables started appearing. Clothes, used and new – recovered from the rubble of someone else’s house – who knows – now hand on clothes hangers covering a filthy crumbling wall like royal curtains. Mountains of shoes have also made it to the street vendors. Even seen a place where you could buy just one shoe! Not sure why, either they had a niche for those that could only find one of their shoes. Or more morbid, selling shoes to all those who lost limbs because of this tragedy.”

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  1. Lindy
    Feb 5, 2010
    at 1:35 pm

    Thanks, Bob, for your wonderful post and photos! We continue to pray, and it’s encouraging to see hope in people’s faces!

  2. Feb 5, 2010
    at 2:07 pm

    Thank you for your post and photos. Like Lindy said, it’s such an encouragement to see the hope.

    I’ve just posted on my blog, my efforts to raise more money for Compassion’s Help Haiti fund…feel free to join me!

  3. Gail
    Feb 7, 2010
    at 3:57 pm

    From a land that suffers regularly from drought, it will be a joy to pray, for once, for no rain!

    It’s great to hear that hope is finding it’s way into their hearts. I love the pic of the banana tree.

    We keep praying for you and with you.

  4. Amy Wallace
    Feb 9, 2010
    at 1:13 pm

    Thank you for the update and pictures! I loved the one of the banana tree popping up through the rubble. There is hope!

  5. Susan Horne
    Feb 9, 2010
    at 8:03 pm

    I just got word through a wounderful guy who I found on the internet, he has a radio station in Petit Goave, and my liitle girl I sponsor is alive her mom is also they heared the announcement on the radio that I was looking for them and called in. I am so happy I also now have a phone number . I am so thankful to the Lord

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