This is a unique time for rebuilding. It’s the beginning of the year. We’ve put together long, sometimes extensive and excessive lists about how things will be different and better. But how long does it actually take to rebuild aspects of ourselves? Neighborhoods? Schools? Communities? Countries?
I woke today and was going over my to do list and getting prepared for the days events and had a flashback to 5 years ago. I was sitting on my couch and got a phone call from one of my interns named Eric Cioe. Dr Cioe was on vacation in the Dominican Republic on his way to go whale watching. But something happened. I got a phone call that looked like it was from an international number and hesitantly decided to pick it up.
It was Eric and he said “Dr Gore. I don’t know if the news made it to you guys in Brooklyn but apparently there was a big earthquake in Haiti and they’re saying a lot of people were probably hurt. Do you think its ok for me to go help at one of the area hospitals? I’m not far from the border and there is a hospital nearby.” “Just be safe,” I said, knowing that if I told him “no” that he would go anyway.
While we were on the phone I turned on the news only to find the horrendous evolving casualties and destruction that had occurred. I was just in Port au Prince a year earlier taking pictures in front of the presidential palace and now its all gone.