At this writing at the end of September, Haiti has just endured another storm and 10 days of devastation following Hurricane Jeanne. Fifteen hundred people have died in the flooding and mudslides that swept the coastal region near Gonaïves, the country’s second-largest city. Today’s Miami Herald tells the deeply unsettling story of a mother who was forced to choose between rescuing her 6-year-old son and holding on to her 4-year-old daughter as she struggled to escape the rising flood waters. Now she is worrying about the child who survived. Will enough food arrive to keep the girl nourished? Will cholera and other diseases spare her?
Public health in Haiti and the impoverished country’s long history of suffering are at the heart of this issue’s cover story (“A Film to Finish,”)