Learning About Disaster Relief in the OAS
The day is January 13, 2010. In Léogâne, Haiti, a man surveys the rubble around him, his body (and spirit) barely intact and fortunate not to have been buried under the walls of his own home. He sees his only surviving daughter, seated uncomfortably on a stone with a blank stare on her face and her hands on her stomach; and he looks away, not knowing how to explain to her what has become of her brothers, her mother or her grandmother who had braided her hair just the day before. Nearly overwhelmed by despair, his mind turns to the future: even with his cell phone having survived the Apocalypse, how will he be able to reach his distant relatives in Miami to let them know that he and his daughter are still alive? Where will they live? What will they eat? How will they get treatment for their open wounds? And how will he protect his little girl from hostile, violent predators that could be on the loose?
A native of Gainesville, Florida, Paul-Denys Calixte is now a second-semester senior at the College majoring in Government. His subfield is international relations, and his primary interest is US-Latin American relations. He received a DRCLAS Summer Independent Internship Grant, retroactively covering costs of his spring internship with the OAS.