Tears for the Mountain: Delivering Hope after the Earthquake in Haiti

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On Tuesday, January 12th 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the island nation of Haiti. The United States Agency for International Development estimated the death toll to be somewhere between 46,000 and 85,000 people, with 220,000 injured and over 1.5 million homeless. Many organizations, both from the U.S. and abroad, responded to the appeal for humanitarian aid. Dr. Stephen Schroering and Chris Rakunas went to Haiti to deliver over 21,000 pounds of medical and surgical supplies to the New Life Children's ...
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On Tuesday, January 12th 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the island nation of Haiti. The United States Agency for International Development estimated the death toll to be somewhere between 46,000 and 85,000 people, with 220,000 injured and over 1.5 million homeless. Many organizations, both from the U.S. and abroad, responded to the appeal for humanitarian aid. Dr. Stephen Schroering and Chris Rakunas went to Haiti to deliver over 21,000 pounds of medical and surgical supplies to the New Life Children's Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and several other hospitals. In Tears for the Mountain, Chris recounts his mission to deliver these supplies to the earthquake-ravaged island nation. Chris discusses both the triumphs and heartbreaks of the trip, the problems with distributing aid in a nation lacking the most basic infrastructure, and his unexpected encounter with a notorious Haitian warlord.
A portion of the proceeds for this book will be donated to the New Life Children's Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780984293063
  • Publisher: Divertir Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 1/14/2012
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    A worthwhile read

    If not for the personal nature of the author's trip to Haiti, this book would reek of the "White Man's Burden," since the premise involves a privileged citizen of the Western world traveling to an impoverished country to help out of goodwill. However, Tears for the Mountain avoids this pitfall and, instead, presents itself as a work of excellence due to Rakunas' vibrant writing and honest, heartfelt narration.

    While the author's generalizations about Haiti may turn off some readers, they serve to illustrate the transformation of the author's worldview from a narrow-minded ethnocentrism to a deeper understanding of the Haitian people and of the human spirit. The weight of this transformation is beautifully captured by the author's prose, which is advanced in sentence structure, vocabulary and fluidity. Although some of the author's side remarks come off as immature--or, at least more suited for fiction--the quality of the writing itself is excellent. From the poetic, profound title to the elegant, flowing descriptive passages, Rakunas' trip is portrayed as immensely personal and profound. Overall, if you want a quick, well-written and sentimental read, I recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    Well written and engaging. The people of Haiti must not be pitied or forgotten as is clearly brought out in this book.

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