Haiti earthquake survivor proud to be a UN staff member

12 January 2013

The earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 dealt a devastating blow to the country and to the United Nations.

More than 200,000 people were killed in the disaster, including 102 staff members from across the UN system: from senior officials to security officers to secretaries.

On the eve of the third anniversary of the tragedy, staff at UN Headquarters gathered to remember their friends and colleagues who died in Haiti.

Rocio Franco sat down with Jean Bernardini from Brazil who currently works as a Partnership Development Specialist with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in New York.

Bernardini arrived in Haiti just months before the earthquake. Today, he says he looks at the positive side of surviving the disaster, which has reinforced his pride in working for the UN.

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