While I was thrilled to be back in a country I grew to love when I was a missionary there (1999-2001), I was of course shocked and saddened by the new horrific state of the infrastructure of Haiti.
Dilapidation and lack of sanitation were normal parts of the nation before the earthquake of 12 January-- but to see whole buildings collapsed on every block of Carrefour and Port-au-Prince is something hard to describe, and emotionally beyond comprehension.
Yet the Haitian people are a strong and resolute people, and they were very similarly disposed in attitude as they were when I was there before in their normal devastating poverty...! I mean, on the outside they were almost back to normal a month beyond the quake-- though on the inside I'm sure they all have bigger demons to deal with now.
The Marines were there to provide security, and it seemed on the ground that they were very welcome.
If some had their way, according to what I heard there, they would've had us for longer!
Here are some of the sketches and watercolors I did while there:
Marines guard the BLT HQ compound in Carrefour, in a scene that normally would be on a brochure!
a sign on the beach where Marines were bivouaced...
Quick studies in ink, rapidly trying to record details before people moved!
("It's heavy! Let's Go! Don't block the way! Don't stay there.. go now!")
"Rapid Fire" gesture drawings as people moved quickly at the Distribution Point...
A sketch of a UN soldier watching crowds gather across the street from Distribution Point in Carrefour.