“I can keep my family alive with this motorcycle.”
Isaac Michel-Ange was never a rich man. But he had a job, a wife and a house where they raised their three children. Last January, Michel-Ange’s house collapsed during the earthquake that struck Haiti. Now he makes about $10 a day as a motorcycle-taxi driver. His family lives, as millions have for the past year, in a one-room tent that is too small to stand up in, and where a piece of rusted corrugated tin leaning against the opening serves as a front door. As the one-year anniversary of the tremor approaches, there has been some clean-up, but almost no rebuilding. Now a cholera outbreak and political unrest threaten to derail what progress has been made. If anyone ever wondered what the worst was that could happen to a people or organization caught unprepared for a disaster, Isaac Michael-Ange has a story for you.