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Earthquake Survivors Tell Their Story






Q:The earthquake took place in January, how has this affected your organisation and the additional role that you now have to take on?


Bayyinah Bello: Well, you know, certain things became more evident, that the young have to take more seriously and participate in what they have to do. For example more than 60% of houses in Port-au-Prince are destroyed, a lot of people got trapped in their homes, and very few people knew how to go in and get them out. A lot of people were wounded, but few people were trained to know how to stop bleeding, for example. So as soon as we saw that, then we started different seminars to train our young folks so that they would be able to be helpful right away in particular situations.







                                                                                                                                                                                                     Haitian citizens crowd a ship near a port in Haiti. Jan. 16,

after earthquake devastation left many homeless, injured and hungry.










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Q: For all the support that has come into Haiti to help, is sufficient aid getting to the people, in terms of accessing all of the resources the food, the water, or is it still the great challenge that we see in the media?


Bayyinah Bello: I believe it still is a challenge; there are a lot of big interests, big business, involved in a lot of it. Like today it has been raining all night, and lots of people don’t have a way to protect themselves from the rain, they can’t go inside the house and they don’t have a tent, and yet we hear all the time that so many thousands of tents have come into Haiti.






                  HUNGRY: Two women collapse from exhaustion after fighting the line to reach a food handout.



Q: The forces that we see through the media, are they physically around helping you in regards to your organisation Fondation Felicite, so that you can get to the people that may be still under the rubble, or helping to get food to people?


Bayyinah Bello: No, they have their own program and we are not sure what their program is and some of the stories I am hearing, you might see them go into a place and they’ll say like 'are you American, are you American - no your not'? Okay they are looking for Americans. 






FRANTIC FOR FOOD: A crowd gathered for food distribution in Cite Soleil,

one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Port-Au-Prince.



Q: It must be shocking, because the weekend that the earthquake struck, our country Britain, raised £35 million for Haiti.  Can you tell us, did your organisation, Fondation Felicite, receive any of that money. 


Bayyinah Bello: Na, na!




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