I'm copying exactly as I wrote it, with red pen on the back of an already-used piece of notebook paper, except for notes I added in brackets to make it clearer for you. I also changed the names of the three children, for privacy.
Tues Jan 12, 5 pm
Day of: taught about earthquakes in last period geography, went to Eagle [grocery store] for laundry deterg, didn't get anything else really, home, pop a can of tom. juice, thinking toward dinner/homework. starts- like a truck Ben jumps up, to stairwell. sit top step, stare @ each other. grabs me, outside w/ a few things- no pport, no US phone. I'm afraid of streets. Go next door to Bill, a family from the DR just arrived. stand outside- yelling & running then- ravine people. dead kid, bloody kid, old lady B takes off. Dorothy crying, watching like idiots. B return. Go in our house, get US phone, water, flash, lantern, hand sani., paper towels, care for little boy, family member dead, he's alone, Found "brother's friend" & some lady, treating him, head bleeding- concerned about blood (HIV). Then notice hand- bad to fatty tissue. Steve starts knocking next door, came to check. Says headed back to school, we follow, run. Walls down, Jerusalem School ok. 50 kids @ school; teachers. Still light, kids joke- studied earthquakes in class today. Milling around, Sara upset. No cell coverage. Said her bookshelf was down, were @ house. comforted. moved into chapel, getting dark. sign-out sheet. soccer field. some getting cell cov- Digicel vs. Voila [Haitian cell companies]. Mom txting- said we're ok, she says tsunami, says we're like African Katie :) Phone dying, try to txt for others. Hearing who's ok, rumors- 7.0? tsunami? 10 m from PAP. Carribbean [a grocery store] down? Natl Palace down? Chapel- take account. Sing- R Chabot. sit w/ DR kids, Sara & Scott, Alli 6th grade no word on her parents. Lantern. Pray. Big tremor, back outside. Haitians on field- Miquette back. Pregnant PA named Rachel & physical ther James plus their kids. Miquette & Art treating. Lynette weeping. Boy w/ Bad head injuiry- 2 bad scrapes, deep cuts, 3 yrs, wet himself, bug eyes swollen leg. Miquette bag- I hold flashlight. 1 pic. Irrigate, wipe, neospor, gauze, bandage, tape. Art w/her. Ben lantern. sling, waking- pupils. 2nd girl- bloody braids. Several w/cuts- older boys. Nowhere to take boy. Sleeping on field- baby crying. Relatives of kitchen/gate staff "we're fine- our house is gone". Tremors. inside, couch, blankets. Tremor- leap up- pack bag for escape- tiny couches, safe. Night crawls by. Midnight big tremor, I'm wide awake. B writes. 1st min together, to process. Fitful sleep, heart racing. Felt 100 imaginary tremors. Under fan. Cars racing. Sirens, yelling, opening gate like attack. Miquette in & out. 3 am Alli's dad comes, doesn't take her. Til 5 am Jaime @ Caribbean- 30 peop alive, Tim @ Montana [a hotel that fell], got 5 out. Alarm 6, we wake, light. Pee- gross, swish w/ toothpaste.
|Queency, the little boy with very severe injuries, on the night of the 12th.|
2nd d- Wed Jan 13 More people on field- wailing. Miquette woken by Ruth- wailing, crawling, we watch. Lynette's niece is dead [on the school soccer field]. Ben grabs, takes us w/ Tony Dekoter to inspect- high school bldg- sound. Lockers over, library mess, bookshelves down, comp lab & copier ok. Our room- globe fallen (not tv cart). W/ Steve, Sara, Scott, Ben, Tony. went home- key ring broke, back gate. practically ran. people on streets- had slept there. house ok. put on tennis shoes, deod, both bucket flush. Thought of Exodus- a wail in the land. ate pb sandwich, pringles, unplug all, charge phone & cam. take passport. eggs don't work- stove wont heat. house fine.
Bill's: wife & pregnant Rachel w/ kids. Men @ Titayen- warehouse. Tiffany's ok. we work on internet, busted. Dekoter says some @ orphanage, want to go help bring kids here? Three Angels to orphanage in car w/ Francois- first view of Delmas [the central street through PAP]. Texaco flat on car. 6 story twisty staircase- construction fell. streets packed. Begin to see choppers. Through back roads, families on bricks in streets. Tony K, Katie, Jaime, Cathy, Mark & sister. Meet Abby [a 22-year-old who was running the entire orphanage by herself]. Boys remain, pray + sing. Load kids. More food. Mattresses, walk back long, scared, sunburn blood on streets- cut foot. pee + trash. Sit for awhile. Tony K makes rice- dead body still on soccer field. weeping. visiting. feed Haitians. orphans on pre-k playground. sat. Tim arrives- went to talk to Steve in his house- Ted worrying about cadavers. Drove, ravines a disaster. People in Steve's yard with dogs- Odonie's husband's family. 2 or 3 babies- Down's. He's sleeping- wakes. Had 2-3 hurs. Ruth, Ted, B, Steve & I living rm w/ Scott & Sara putting books- Jap tea set, plates. We go to Bill's. We pack for night, get laptop, chargers, toiletries. We prep our house for a break-in if looters come. We go with Ted, Steve to CSI guest house & Heaths' house. Park on Delmas- can't get near b/c dead are piling up on street. Dozens on street- ravine destroyed. Carol ok, house a mess. Guest house unstable, Kathy et. al. in back- INTERNET. We Fbook, email fam/small group. load meds into truck, terrified back to car, to campus, eat rice and half a pb sand. Feed people, love on Blesh kids, B journals, sleep on couch again.
My story from Thursday, Friday, and Saturday after the quake can be read here.