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The Haitian tragedy as observed from Prague

January 22, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE - AUGUST 22: A collapsed church in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on August 22, 2010.

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Distance and interconnectedness in this age of technology.

On the morning of January 13, I was awakened by a phone call from my husband Radek alerting me of the earthquake that had struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti the night before. It was the first I’d heard of the horrific tragedy, a calamity that has only deepened as the days pass. The news was quite personal, as a close childhood friend is currently serving as a US Foreign Service officer on her first assignment in Port-au-Prince. Since it was hours before Brooke’s family in the US could be called, I scanned online accounts of the tragedy and kept checking the Haitian US Embassy page in hopes of an update.

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