Two years after the earthquake in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince

Yesterday marked the two year anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In Cite Soleil over the past week, trash was picked up and walls were decorated with art to prepare for the memorial events.

(Graffiti done by  well-known Haitian graffiti artist, Jerry, whose art can be seen all over Port-au-Prince – check out this article about him in the New York Times; wheat pasting done by two awesome Haiti Communitere volunteers, Mike and Sam)

Mixed media – giant print of a photograph stuck to the wall with wheat paste, and graffiti. This is what is left of the cathedral in Port-au-Prince after much of it was destroyed in the earthquake.

“Cite Soleil is still standing”

“Education is the key to life”

At the time when the earthquake happened (just before 5:00), hundreds of helium balloons were released into the air to represent the hundreds of thousands of people who died. As the balloons were released, everyone cheered and kids chased after them.

While I was a bit worried for a minute about them flying right into the PAP airport’s flight path, it was a cool moment to be able to witness. I can’t imagine what it must have been like on that day two years ago, but I can say that these are some of the most resilient people I’ve ever met.

2 Responses to “Two years after the earthquake in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince”
  1. Beautiful photos and great post!


  2. Wow – great street art to colour the area after devastation. It’s heartening to see 🙂

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