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By Jennifer Browning
Thirty-five seconds. That’s how long it took for the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince on January 12 to destroy 60 percent of Haiti’s capital, level all government ministries, kill over 250,000 and make over 1.5 million homeless.
In Thirty-Five Long Seconds: Haiti’s Deadly Earthquake, producer Mario L. Delatour, takes a look at the history behind the government buildings that were destroyed that day, as well as the people of Haiti and how they have persevered natural disasters in the past.
Delatour also touches on how over 500,000 people fled into rural Haiti seeking shelter, food, safety, and now, work, thus proving that the earthquake is a national disaster, not one that only affects the devastated capital city of Port-au-Prince.
Shown at the Haiti Donors Conference in Washington, D.C. in March, the video consists partially of footage from security cameras inside Haiti’s National Palace, it is very hard to watch, but tells an important story of tragedy and hope for triumph to rebuild.
The video features Haitian government officials including President René Preval and First Lady Elizabeth Preval, Haiti’s Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, and Patrick Delatour, the Haitian minister of tourism about what they experienced and what the Haitian government thinks their country needs to rebuild, recover, and be a better Haiti.
We should not forget that rebuilding Haiti will take a very long time and that continued assistance is necessary.