Paul Farmer has been a voice for Haiti for a number of years.. He came to my attention when I read Mountains Beyond Mountains: the Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man who Would Cure the World, a biography written by Tracy Kidder in 2003. This amazing doctor has a heart for the downtrodden. He currently lives in Rwanda and has spent much time both there and in Haiti working on solutions to the terrible poverty and health conditions of these two countries.
Haiti After the Earthquake is a new book that Paul Farmer has written to document the current situation in Haiti. The information in this book reveals the seemingly hopeless situation, yet exudes the hope of these special people. We learn the history of this once important producer and exporter of sugar and cotton and the damaging consequences of foreign rule.
The earthquake killed over a quarter of a million people in a single day. Their silenced voices speak volumes about the problems of poor building construction that Paul Farmer and many others are trying to address. He is co-founder of Partners in Health, a group of doctors and advocates for the poor. They use their combined influence to set up clinics, lobby drug manufacturers, establish schools and mobile health screening stations to help the poor.
Included in this book are personal stories of survivors, doctors and other volunteers that bring the emotions and beauty of the Haitian people to our lives.