AFTER THE SHOCK
After the Shock – by Marc-Yves Regis
When a powerful earthquake, whose first shock registered a magnitude of 7.0, hit the island of Hispaniola on January 12, 2010, Haiti was amidst recovery efforts from the two tropical storms and two hurricanes that hit the island in August and September 2008. The densely populated region around Port-au-Prince was most heavily affected, and it was estimated that a full one third of Haiti’s population was affected by the earthquake. (Source: Britannica)
Marc’s author’s note below describes the overwhelming destruction he witnessed, the way he encouraged the children of Camp Hispaniola to write their stories to help them process their experiences, the use of music therapy, as well as Marc’s own therapy – writing poetry. The book is a collection of the children’s stories and his poetry, written in both English and Haitian Creole.