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Haiti: After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer

On January 12, 2010 a massive earthquake laid waste to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Within three days, Dr. Paul Farmer arrived in the Haitian capital, along with a team of volunteers, to lend his services to the injured.In this vivid narrative, Farmer describes the incredible suffering--and resilience--that he encountered in Haiti. Having worked in the country for nearly thirty years, he skillfully explores the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to the earthquake--the very issues that make it an unnatural disaster. Complementing his account are stories from other doctors, volunteers, and earthquake survivors.

Haiti After the Earthquake will both inform and inspire readers to stand with the Haitian people against the profound economic and social injustices that formed the fault line for this disaster.
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Dr. Paul Farmer on "Haiti After the Earthquake" with Dr. Jon La Pook. Part 1

Haiti: After the Earthquake

Without one, it will have a hard time surviving the hurricane season. And next year will be worse. As a physician, Harvard University Professor of Medical Anthropology, co-founder of the international aid organization Partners in Health that seeks to provide better healthcare for the poor and UN Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti, Farmer has a multitude of perspectives from which to view the crisis. Thus, his book is equal parts memoir of a relief worker bearing witness to the horrors of post-earthquake Port-au-Prince, social history of a country scarred by centuries of international political machinations and analysis of the shortcomings of modern aid organizations. More than any of these, however, Haiti after the Earthquake is the story of a community, of the extraordinary strength and dedication of doctors and diplomats both local and foreign working to save the country from disaster.

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Just Minutes After After The Earthquake in Haiti (Carrefour, Port-Au-Prince) Part 2

For someone who has spent nearly thirty years founding the largest and most effective medical NGO in Haiti, with a radical global health vision beyond almost anyone in his field, you would expect Paul Farmer to have something to say post-earthquake. As ever, he does and just as importantly do the twelve essayists — all friends, family and colleagues — who take up the final pages of this discursive diary. Seventeen years on, gone is the rage and clarity of his singular voice in the Uses of Haiti; six years on there is none of the expertise or erudition of Pathologies of Power. This is a more nuanced, if no less passionate, book, raising questions, sometimes without answering them at all, sometimes only addressing them very generically. But then as a clinician, teaching doctor or writer, Paul Farmer has always expected his patients, students or readers to think for themselves. Those who know of him, some, perhaps dismayed by his acceptance of a role as UN Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti under Bill Clinton in , need to read it by way of explanation and reconsider. Here, in UN mode, he is often as frustrated as you might be — dispensing with UN protocol, passports and bodyguards to get to where he has come from, to the ordinary Haitians who enabled him to teach us so much.

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  1. On January 12, a massive earthquake laid waste to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Within three days, Dr. Paul Farmer.

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