Surviving the Haiti earthquake: a UN staffer’s story

12 January 2019

In 2010 a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, reportedly killing up to  220’000 people, including 102 UN personnel. One of those who survived was Sophie Boutaud de la Combe: head of Communications for the UN Mission for Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).

Saturday marks 9 years since the earthquake, a chance for Ms. Boutaud de la Combe to share with UN News her memories of 12 January 2010, and reflect on Haiti’s current ability to withstand disasters.

Conor Lennon from UN News spoke to Ms. Boutaud de la Combe, and started by asking what happened to her, and her colleagues, when the quake struck.

Audio Credit:
Conor Lennon, UN News
Audio Duration:
8'38"

 

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