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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Farmer Narrator: Meryl Streep, A Full Cast Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On January 12, 2010, a major earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people died, and the greater part of the capital was demolished. Dr. Paul Farmer, U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, who had worked in the country for nearly thirty years treating infectious diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS had just begun to work on an extensive development plan to improve living conditions in Haiti. Now this project was transformed into a massive international rescue and relief effort.

In his own words, Farmer documents this effort, including the harrowing obstacles and the small triumphs. Despite an outpouring of aid, the challenges were astronomical. U.N. plans were crippled by Haiti’s fragile infrastructure and the deaths of U.N. staff members who had been based in Port-au-Prince. In chronicling the relief effort, Farmer draws attention to the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to this natural disaster.

Yet Farmer’s account is not a gloomy catalog of impenetrable problems. As devastating as Haiti’s circumstances are, its population manages to keep going. Farmer shows how, even in the barest camps, Haitians organize themselves, creating small businesses such as beauty parlors. His narrative is interwoven with stories from Haitians themselves and from doctors and others working on the ground. Ultimately this is a story of human endurance and humility in difficult circumstances and seemingly overwhelming odds.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ruth Kuyers donahue | 2/16/2014

    " Not what I was expecting. I was in Haiti in Aug 2010. I was hoping for more I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nick Rosenfeld | 2/13/2014

    " After having read Mountains Beyond Mountains I was eager to read more around PIH and Dr. Farmer's work. This was a great read about the events that unfolded in the days and weeks after the quake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cari | 2/12/2014

    " I FINALLY finished this book. It was very informative, and I learned a lot. It was just hard to get through because there was so much information. There were also a lot of things that I wasn't familiar with. Made me so sad to realize how much damage has NOT been cleaned up/fixed yet in Haiti. It was also really sad how much destruction occurred that shouldn't have just because of how poorly built the buildings were. They were at such a disadvantage from the start ... :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/5/2014

    " Before, during and after the earthquake. This is a great account of the history of Haiti prior to Jan 2010 that people need to know about in order to understand the complex web Haiti is under going to rebuild. I will read it again and again. "

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