Beanery Online Literary Magazine

January 19, 2010

Word from Claudette in Haiti

Filed under: WR/BEANERYWRITERS — beanerywriters @ 2:24 pm


E-mail January 16:

I am in Petionville a few miles from Port Au Prince.
I am fine. Arrived here on Tuesday at 11:00 and was able to meet with the
women and the moms and their babies.
It was a successful meeting. We were having discussions after when the earth began to move and now everything is changed for everyone. Haiti will never
be the same nor will I. I will try to stay in touch as much as I am
permitted on limited power supply.
Blessings to all

NEWS ARTICLE January 18, 2001:

Greensburg woman anxious to get home from Haiti

By Richard Gazarik
Monday, January 18, 2010

Claudette Kane of Greensburg said it was most frightening 48 seconds of her life.

Kane, 58, of Greensburg had just arrived in Haiti on Tuesday to discuss teaching literacy and quilting to Haitian women. She was staying with John and Jodie Ackerman of Ohio, who operate a clinic for Heartline Ministries in Petionville Montage Noir, a few miles from Port-au-Prince.

She was sitting at a table in the Ackerman home, talking about the work she hoped to do in Haiti, when the home began to shake. The earthquake began at 4:50 p.m. In 48 seconds, the shaking stopped.

“The table shook and then the bookcase fell, blocking the only exit to the home that I could see,” Kane said from Haiti on Sunday. “We crawled out and went to the front yard. More tremors. … We sat and waited. Then came the wails and cries like I have never heard before echoing through the valley below the mountain.”

Kane said a cloud of white rose from the valley below. It took her a moment to realize it was the dust from the concrete used for most of the homes in Port-au-Prince.

When night fell, the city was blacked out by the loss of electricity save for a few scattered lights.

“Each day has looked different,” she said. “One building is standing, the next is flat like a pancake.”

She described Port-au-Prince as a giant tent city with people everywhere. Streets are lined with the dead.

A marketplace known as the Caribbean was gone. There were no churches. The children’s hospital was destroyed.

Strong tremors continued to shake the island until Saturday, when they began to lessen in intensity.

Kane hopes to be evacuated today and return to Greensburg later this week.

“I don’t know how to describe what I saw,” she said. “I don’t have the words.”

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