Haiti Earthquake Three Years Later: A Tug of War

Jan 9, 2013

Fabienne Jean sits contemplative at home.
Credit Nick Kozak

Yesterday we began the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake that devastated Haiti three years ago this month. A prosthetic technician from Boston promised to help Fabienne dance again. But he didn't stop there. He wanted to help her put the rest of her life back together, too. 

In the second part of our series, Jacob Kushner tells us how difficult their task would become. 

Here's the YouTube video Kushner mentions in the story. It shows Fabienne dancing in New York.

A New York Times article that detailed the tug-of-war over Fabienne's care summed it up this way:

...Ms. Jean’s situation also highlights the way in which many Haitians, like their country, are now dependent on international charity.

As Ms. Jean sees it, this is largely a blessing — “Thank God for the foreigners,” she said — but it can also be complicated and uncomfortable.

Check back tomorrow for an intimate slideshow of Fabienne Jean.