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Tears for the Mountain Paperback – January 14, 2012
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The January 12, 2010 quake killed more than 100,000 men, women and children and left tens of thousands more homeless. News reports at the time told of office building collapses in the capital of Port-au-Prince that buried scores of people alive under tons of debris. In the days and weeks that followed, orphaned children wandered the streets and roaming gangs enforced vigilante justice while looting homes and businesses for food and valuables.
Despite an initial international response that led to more than $32 million in donations in less than a month, the scores of similarly horrific disasters since – including the current typhoon recovery underway in the Philippines – have shoved the Haiti story completely off the mainstream media radar.
A quick Google search of the phrase “relief efforts in Haiti earthquake” produces recent releases from the Red Cross, CARE and the Obama White House. However, articles from such mainstream news sources as CNN, the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor carry publication dates as old as only a few days and weeks after the quake itself.
Filling this informational void, however, is a powerful nonfiction chronicle called Tears for the Mountain. In his debut work, Chris Rakunas vividly shares his week-long experiences delivering ten tons of medical supplies throughout Haiti.Read more ›
The suffering goes beyond the damage from the earthquake - the people of Haiti have long suffered at the hands of their government. Entire villages are starving to death, with no help in sight. Stories of how their former leader sacrificed and burned Haitian citizens in order to instill fear and cooperation are horrifying beyond imagination.
The stark contrast between American society and comforts and the conditions found in Haiti made me feel thankful and a little bit ashamed of how easy we have it. We have access to food, shelter, electricity, medical care, and we feel safe in our homes and neighborhoods (for the most part). None of that exists in Haiti. A simple walk down the street can turn into confrontation. People are desperate and starving and are in survival mode.
The author disdainfully describes a Hollywood film crew that tagged along with them to film the conditions in Haiti and how inconsiderate they were, more concerned with getting the film footage than with the humanity before them. Almost like it's not real to them.
The formatting of the ebook is pretty messy - there are bad page breaks and it looks like the footer has gotten interspersed in the middle of the pages - but after a while I just started to ignore them. The story is engrossing enough that it's easy to look past it.
(Review written by Kathy, a Literary R&R book review blog team member)
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A true to life experience told with kindness & compassion. A must read for those who would like to know the truth and then help.Published on April 19, 2014 by Linda Gillen
Such a good book. I didn't even know I liked non fiction but this book was awesome. I feel like I visited Haiti.Published on April 2, 2013 by Jordan Beasley
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... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by cafereadsdotblogspotdotcom
Revised Review: Chris sent me a brand new copy of this wonderful book today......sans formatting issues! If i could, I would now give this an extra star. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Jennifer Moss
This is an account of Chris Rakunas' experiences when he and a colleague spent the best part of a week in Haiti to deliver a consignment of medical supplies to aid the country... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Beeshon