Un nouvel espoir pour Haïti

NEW YORK – Lors d'une récente visite dans la communauté rurale de Los Palmas en Haïti, j'ai eu l'occasion de parler à des familles directement touchées par l'épidémie de choléra qui frappe le pays depuis le tremblement de terre de 2010. Un homme m'a expliqué que non seulement la maladie avait tué sa sœur, mais aussi sa belle-mère qui a péri après de nombreuses heures de marche pour atteindre l'hôpital le plus proche. Lui et son épouse s'occupent à présent de cinq nièces et neveux orphelins.

En Haïti aujourd'hui, les histoires comme celle-ci ne sont pas rares. En effet, des milliers de personnes à travers le pays ont subi des épreuves et des tragédies similaires.

Mais il y a aussi de bonnes raisons de garder espoir. L'engagement renforcé de la communauté et l'évolution des pratiques d'hygiène ont libéré du choléra les femmes, hommes et enfants de Los Palmas et du village voisin de Jacob (un retournement spectaculaire de ces dernières années) et ont réduit les risques de contracter d'autres maladies d'origine hydrique. Une famille que j'ai rencontrée m'a montré fièrement un nouveau filtre à eau.

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