“My name is Carlos Gin Charles, I was born in 1980 and I live in Port-au-Prince in front of the National Palace, together with 2800 people. We live in misery, just like animals. Some people call this place the Devil’s house because before it was ruined by the earthquake, the people who were in there didn’t care about ordinary people and made money for themselves, and that’s why God destroyed this palace.
We know that the US and many other countries send us money and help, but we don’t know where that money goes. People fight and kill each other because they don’t have money or a job, kids and women are raped, and many people live in tents or in the streets. There’s mud everywhere, viruses spread, children get sick, and people shower in the park in front of everyone.
The only food we eat is rice and beans. Many women live alone with their children because their husband is in prison or passed away, so they’re forced to sell their own body to give food to their children.
The only way to escape misery in this country is through education; the government gives no financial aid. Some people still believe that change can come, but the majority knows that they have to look after themselves and no one is going to help them”.