It has been one year since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dr. Ruben Pamies is a native of Haiti and says conditions have not improved and there has been absolutely no rebuilding at Port-Au-Prince.
“Even after all the pledges, all the activities and all the emotions, so much hasn’t been done. So much other tragedies have occurred.”
“Their lack of infrastructure, the lack of permanent housing, the living conditions will set up for bad epidemics and outbreaks of violence because frustration is starting to mount.”
Dr Pamies and five volunteer medical team members went to Haiti after the earthquake. He has written a new book where he and the team share their personal stories and challenges.
“The stories are very heart wrenching and very powerful and the pictures give you a good glimpse of what is going on down there and also what continues to happen.”
Dr. Pamies says thousands of people are still living in tents and he believes the frustration will only lead to more trouble.
“Putting people into permanent housing, better living conditions, providing health care and the fact the funds are moving so slowly and people are living in such difficult conditions.”
Dr. Pamies book, “Help and Hope for Haiti” is available at the book store at U-N-M-C and all proceeds will go to the relief effort.