Click amount to donate direct to CounterPunch
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $500
  • $other
  • use PayPal
Please Support CounterPunch’s Annual Fund Drive
We don’t run corporate ads. We don’t shake our readers down for money every month or every quarter like some other sites out there. We only ask you once a year, but when we ask we mean it. So, please, help as much as you can. We provide our site for free to all, but the bandwidth we pay to do so doesn’t come cheap. All contributions are tax-deductible.
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

We are Far From Normal

Hotel Oloffson, Port au Prince, January 24, 2010.

Good morning. I’m exhausted. My body hurts. No end in site to any of this. It’s not a news story thats going to go away when journalists leave.

The drone of planes continues in the distance. No indication of what it all means.

We’re starting to rebuild one of the walls that came down, you know, practical stuff.

The flight to Orlando is free 4 American citizens. The shuttle to the regular Orlando airport is free; then you fly to your destination on your own.

Housing is going to be a serious issue here considering how many homes were destroyed. Jobs…an economy.

Lot of homes, buildings, schools went down around us but we seem to be ok. Hotel staff is OK, Band is OK. Grace a Dieu!

I believe US Military planes are flying US citizens out 2 Orlando. Wheelchairs, I’m told, are available. No hostess or snack drink service!

I’m still looking into food distribution. My band wants to volunteer. Have a meeting tomorrow AM. Will be looking for trucks soon, NGO logos help.

The droning of planes is filling the skies. Someone close to the ground told me that hunger will become a big issue if things don’t improve.

After tomorrow AM meeting with food people I’ll have a better idea of where we stand and what we need. If we can hook up.

Rooms at the Oloffson are first come first serve. You just have to show up. When things calm down,phones work etc, we’ll go back 2 the “reservation system”

I’m not sure where people should contribute yet. Will publish names as soon as I am.

I think I hear a bann a pye (band on foot) in the distance. There’s a food handout on Place Jeremie. Truck’s there, but distribution hasn’t started.

Gheskio should be strongly considered for people who want to make contributions to Post-EarthQuake Haiti. Long History of helping Haitian People.

I haven’t felt any aftershocks today, but I do hear a crowd singing in the distance … a big crowd.

I did take a nap…INSIDE!!! Bathed, INSIDE!!! Will sleep tonight, outside…

Sleep inside? In Kreol they say, Atansyon pa kapon. “Being careful is not cowardly.”

Axelle Liataud is fine. She is on a mission to save Haitian art in buildings that were damaged–a wonderful project!

I doubt theyre going to cancel Ash Wednesday, Lent, Good Friday or Easter. Will Carnival create work? Boost the economy? I don’t know.

There’s a website you can contact for supplies to orphans It might help. Bagaydwol.wordpress.com leave a comment & theyll get back to you.

FONKOZE is doing cash/wire transfers. They have 34 branches that are open around Haiti www.fonkoze.org. They pay out for CAM/MONEYGRAM etc.

RAM plans to do some food distribution and then hopefully we start to rehearse. First things first.

I want first RAM show in Haiti to be a free concert.

It’s a half moon tonight. Initial shock of the quake is dying down. Heard a car drive by as if it were a normal night. We’re far from normal.

Good night…Bon nuit.

RICHARD MORSE runs the Oloffson Hotel in Port-au-Prince Haiti and the leads the Haitian band RAM.

 

More articles by:

RICHARD MORSE runs the Oloffson Hotel Port-au-Prince Haiti and the leads the Haitian band RAM.

October 18, 2018
Erik Molvar
The Ten Big Lies of Traditional Western Politics
Jeffrey St. Clair
Lockheed and Loaded: How the Maker of Junk Fighters Like the F-22 and F-35 Came to Have Full-Spectrum Dominance Over the Defense Industry
Brian Platt – Brynn Roth
Black-Eyed Kids and Other Nightmares From the Suburbs
John W. Whitehead
You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again
Lawrence Davidson
Israel’s “Psychological Obstacles to Peace”
Zhivko Illeieff
Why Can’t the Democrats Reach the Millennials?
Steve Kelly
Quiet, Please! The Latest Threat to the Big Wild
Manuel García, Jr.
The Inner Dimensions of Socialist Revolution
Dave Lindorff
US ‘Outrage’ Over Slaying of US Residents Depends on the Nation Responsible
Adam Parsons
A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Crash
Binoy Kampmark
The Tyranny of Fashion: Shredding Banksy
Dean Baker
How Big is Big? Trump, the NYT and Foreign Aid
Vern Loomis
The Boofing of America
October 17, 2018
Patrick Cockburn
When Saudi Arabia’s Credibility is Damaged, So is America’s
John Steppling
Before the Law
Frank Stricker
Wages Rising? 
James McEnteer
Larry Summers Trips Out
Muhammad Othman
What You Can Do About the Saudi Atrocities in Yemen
Binoy Kampmark
Agents of Chaos: Trump, the Federal Reserve and Andrew Jackson
David N. Smith
George Orwell’s Message in a Bottle
Karen J. Greenberg
Justice Derailed: From Gitmo to Kavanaugh
John Feffer
Why is the Radical Right Still Winning?
Dan Corjescu
Green Tsunami in Bavaria?
Rohullah Naderi
Why Afghan Girls Are Out of School?
George Ochenski
You Have to Give Respect to Get Any, Mr. Trump
Cesar Chelala
Is China Winning the War for Africa?
Mel Gurtov
Getting Away with Murder
W. T. Whitney
Colombian Lawyer Diego Martinez Needs Solidarity Now
Dean Baker
Nothing to Brag About: Scott Walker’s Economic Record in Wisconsin:
October 16, 2018
Gregory Elich
Diplomatic Deadlock: Can U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy Survive Maximum Pressure?
Rob Seimetz
Talking About Death While In Decadence
Kent Paterson
Fifty Years of Mexican October
Robert Fantina
Trump, Iran and Sanctions
Greg Macdougall
Indigenous Suicide in Canada
Kenneth Surin
On Reading the Diaries of Tony Benn, Britain’s Greatest Labour Politician
Andrew Bacevich
Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate: a Letter to Elizabeth Warren
Thomas Knapp
Facebook Meddles in the 2018 Midterm Elections
Muhammad Othman
Khashoggi and Demetracopoulos
Gerry Brown
Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics: How the US Weaponizes Them to Accuse  China of Debt Trap Diplomacy
Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker – Peter Lehman
The Brazilian Presidential Elections and “The Rules of The Game”
Robert Fisk
What a Forgotten Shipwreck in the Irish Sea Can Tell Us About Brexit
Martin Billheimer
Here Cochise Everywhere
David Swanson
Humanitarian Bombs
Dean Baker
The Federal Reserve is Not a Church
October 15, 2018
Rob Urie
Climate Crisis is Upon Us
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail