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What have we done to deserve this? Quake makes Haitians relive ...


What have we done to deserve this? Quake makes Haitians relive many traumas

Saturday’s earthquake kills over 300 people, reviving memories from a decade ago, with storm Grace still to come

Andre Paultre and Kate Chappell

When Lydie Jean-Baptiste saw her neighbours running from their homes on Saturday and felt the ground begin to shake beneath her feet, the 62-year-old Haitian was flooded by terrifying memories of the earthquake a decade ago that devastated her hometown.

For many in the poor Caribbean nation, Saturday’s major quake — which killed more than 300 people and left hundreds injured — revived the trauma of the January 12 2010 temblor from which the country was still reeling.

“The neighbours, I saw them running and running. I said: ‘What’s wrong?’ They said: ‘Earthquake!’ and I rushed to the front door,” Jean-Baptiste said. “All of a sudden, I had all those images of January 12 coming to my mind and I felt really, really scared.”..

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