- Posted July 13, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Haiti earthquake aftermath
HAPPY HAITI... Nadine's story
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
July 12, 2010, marks the six-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake that has destroyed much of Haiti. We decided to mark the unfortunate occasion by focusing on a story showing the strength of the Haitian people.
We found that story today when we met Nadine, a woman who has just given birth to a baby boy after being more than a month overdue. The doctors had explained to Nadine that the trauma from the earthquake and her deep state of depression were preventing her pregnancy from moving forward. The fact that Nadine wasn’t eating and felt there was nothing to live for was certainly taking a toll on her unborn baby.
Pregnant during the earthquake, Nadine lost her five-year-old daughter, her home and the small business she ran before the disaster. Her husband was injured when a wall fell directly on top of him and he is currently unable to work. Nadine and her husband Ajutethomme have three other children scattered about the camps living with relatives and friends. The couple now call Gaston Margon campsite--with its tiny tents and dirt floors--their home. The camp is located in the Marianna neighborhood in a notorious section called Carrefour. This location is considered to be one of the most dangerous places in the world.
Nadine has recently gone through a psycho/social program for mothers offered by the CARE organization. Nadine gives this program all the credit for helping her find the change of heart and mind that she needed to move forward with her life. Discovering the personal strength she needed, Nadine was able to successfully move forward into the process of birth and becoming a new mother once again.
In this episode of Life Addict, we head to the Gaston Margo campsite to see Nadine, her husband and their newborn son within hours of the baby's arrival.