Just wake up!

It’s 3:45 am. I just woke up from a short sleep in the front of a car. I am at Roody’s house in Ave du Travail in Port-au-Price. The house stayed opened and every body is lying on the floor sleeping on the street.

It’s dark out there. Roody has an inverter and an internet connection  which make his place useful to me.

I had a good time talking with Roody and Azad, two old school  friends in Haiti.  They both survived the eartquake by a slight chance.

Rody told me that the roof of Ministry of Commerce where he works as a senior counsellor collapsed. He was very lucky to put himself under his desk and jumped out from the debris. 

Azad  was at a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 4:53 last Tuesday Jan. 12 when he  heard a terrible noise. “I don’t know what happened next”, he told me looking at the sky. I got out and the building collapsed on hundreds of colleagues. Some of them did not make it.

I heard on and on such stories for the last   5 days I’ve been in Port-au-Prince. Stories after stories prove me that each and evry one of us has our own path and events shape us differently.

I walk a lot in Port-au-Prince. As much as I can. Until I get too hungry because food is scarce and money is not a commodity. You can have money and can not find food to buy. I just sure I have water.

As I walk in the streets and talk with people and friends, I undertand that the very same way some buildings are destroyed, collapsed, cracked, while others survived and stayed strong ; people also have been destroyed, collapsed and cracked while others survived and stayed strong.

Published by Roosevelt

Roosevelt JF is a Global Leadership Fulbright Research Scholar from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where he taught Haitian Studies as an Adjunct Instructor (2005-2010). Roosevelt was also a senior admissions adviser at Kaplan University. Roosevelt JF is the President of The JF TEAM, INC; a full media marketing and business development consulting firm based in Fort-Lauderdale, FL. He is a sought out radio and TV business show host. He is also a guest for several mainstream medias including NPR, the Miami Herald and Newsweek. He also leads the Center for Communication of AIDS, a network of journalists committed against AIDS in Haiti and South Florida. He speaks fluently Creole, English, French and Spanish. He is the author Of "Leadership sur le vif: Des idées pour le changement et la création de richesse en Haïti".

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