Healing emotional pain, supporting mental health
Electrical wires in the Boulard neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, stretched tight between rusty tin roofs, shorted and sparked in the early afternoon of October 23. Within minutes, the tightly packed slum houses were engulfed in flames.
Francia Caidor, who was orphaned and made homeless at 16 after the 2010 earthquake, was selling rice in the market a block away. She saw the smoke and ran towards the flames, hoping to save something of the life she had painstakingly rebuilt after the earthquake. She was too late. By the time Caidor reached her home she found smoking rubble.
Her neighbor, Rosemonde Joseph, was at home that day, her 11-year-old daughter Harraza sick in bed. Joseph heard the fire racing towards her house before she saw it. By the time she realized what was happening, the thin poles holding up her roof were on fire and the house next door was collapsing. She picked up her sick daughter and carried her through the narrow winding walkways of the neighborhood to safety.