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Book Review

Followers of events in Haiti are often asked "Where did all that earthquake money go?"

Jonathan Katz's The Big Truck that Went By  (Palgrave macmillan, 2013) answers that question explaining complex realities of disaster relief and Haiti's inability to control her own reconstruction.

Katz was working for the Associated Press in Port au Prince when the eartquake struck in January 2010.  He had been in Haiti since 2007.   In a detailed and readable manner he chronicles the aftermath from his personal experience as well as his reporting and interviews with President Preval, UN personnel and Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission members.

He provides the current political, economic and social context with references to colonial history and the challenges of independence in the 19th & 20th centuries. There is an overview of the U.S. involvement in Haiti's difficulties over the last two centuries.  He explains the probable cause of the cholera outbreak and charts the events that led to the election of Michel Martelly as president.

Just as Tracy Kidder's Mountains beyond Mountains (Random House, 2003) is a wondeful introduction to Haiti, Katz's book brings that personal introduction further into the 21st century. 

Anne Murphy IHM

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 Committee Goals

Continue a partnership with the Little Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus 

Educate our Sisters about the needs of Haiti

Communicate opportunities for advocacy for Haiti

Encourage participation in projects for Haiti