10 years on, Michèle Montas recalls the day no Haitian can forget

16 January 2020

In the days following the earthquake ten years ago that killed around 220,000 Haitians, the sounds of praying, shouting and yelling filled the streets and a sense that “this was the end of the world”.

That’s one of the powerful memories from survivor Michèle Montas, the former UN Spokesperson who had just returned home to live in her native country, when disaster struck.

Within hours, she was working with the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSTAH, helping coordinate a huge international aid effort, the UN having lost 102 of its own staff on that fateful day.

To mark the 10th anniversary this week, she spoke to UN News’s Cristina Silveiro.

Audio Credit:
Cristina Silveiro/UN News
Audio Duration:
11'45"

 

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