By Beverly Bell
Foreword via Edwidge Danticat
Beverly Bell, an activist and award-winning author, has committed her lifestyles to operating for democracy, women's rights, and financial justice in Haiti and in different places. because the 7.0 significance earthquake of January 12, 2010, that struck the island kingdom, killing greater than a quarter-million humans and leaving one other million Haitians homeless, Bell has spent a lot of her time in Haiti. Her new booklet, Fault Lines, is a searing account of the 1st 12 months after the earthquake. Bell explores how robust groups and an age-old present tradition have helped Haitians continue to exist within the wake of an incredible catastrophe, one who in basic terms compounded the preexisting social and monetary misery in their society. The booklet examines the historical past that prompted such astronomical destruction. It additionally attracts in theories of resistance and social hobbies to scrutinize grassroots organizing for a extra simply and equitable country.
Fault Lines deals wealthy views not often noticeable outdoor Haiti. Readers accompany the writer via displaced folks camps, shantytowns, and rural villages, the place they get a view that defies the stereotype of Haiti as a misplaced state of sufferers. road journals impart the author's intimate wisdom of the rustic, which spans thirty-five years. Fault traces also combines excerpts of a couple of hundred interviews with Haitians, old and political research, and investigative journalism. Fault Lines comprises twelve images from the yr following the 2010 earthquake. Bell additionally investigates and opinions U.S. international coverage, emergency reduction, common improvement ways, the function of nongovernmental companies, and catastrophe capitalism. Woven during the textual content are comparisons to the difficulty and cultural resistance in Bell's domestic urban of latest Orleans, whilst the levees broke within the wake of typhoon Katrina. finally a story of desire, Fault Lines will supply readers a brand new realizing of lifestyle, structural demanding situations, and collective goals in a single of the world’s most intricate countries.
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I thought I was having a heart attack. I shifted to the left, I shifted to the right, and then I went up in the air. Then the building fell on top of me. ” I rolled and crawled. I couldn’t see anything; it was black. It was like being underwater, except it was earth. I ate so much dirt I can’t tell you. It took me about forty-five minutes to get out. You couldn’t see my clothes, my face, anything; I was just one solid mass of earth. ” W E DON’T HAVE E NOUGH WAT E R TO MAK E T E A R S 13 The archbishop and the other monsignor who had been awaiting him to start the meeting were both killed.
It’s been a big knife stab for us to find food for them all. ” Over recent decades, in Haiti as around the world, insecurity in strangerfilled cities has deterred the free flow of solidarity. Perceptions of scarcity, 26 FAU LT L I NES which encourage people to believe they have to hold on to what they have because there isn’t enough to go around, have frayed it, too. The capitalist message that to succeed, one must accumulate (otherwise called hoarding), contradicts the impulse to pass on; that, too, has worn down the tradition.
The next thing I knew, I woke up and I was on the ground with my legs buried in cement. I didn’t know what had happened or how I got there. ” I had several conversations with the soft-spoken, ever-smiling auto mechanic Gary before he ever mentioned having risked his life to save his near-dead infant. He told the story as calmly as he might have described a car repair job he’d just completed: For every home destroyed, a story of life or death. Photograph by Ben Depp. 16 FAU LT L I NES My house collapsed with my baby in it.
Fault Lines: Views across Haiti’s Divide by Beverly Bell