Posted by: Titus Presler | January 16, 2010

Haitian misssionary reports grim conditions in displacement camp

On Jan. 15, the website of the Diocese of New York ran a report on a telephone conversation staff members at Trinity Church, Wall Street, had with Canon Ogé Beauvoir, missionary of the Episcopal Church, who serves as dean of the seminary of the Diocese of Haiti in Port au Prince.  Himself Haitian, Beauvoir earlier served in the Anglican Church of Canada and on the staff of Trinity Grants, a global outreach of Trinity Church.  The report follows:

Report from Canon Ogé Beauvoir in Haiti

January 15, 2010


Canon Oge Beauvoir called the Trinity Grants Program today by cell phone.

Canon Beauvoir reported that he and his wife are safe and staying in a displacement camp organized by the Bishop of Haiti. Canon Beauvoir is providing leadership at the camp, which is holding roughly 1,000 people. The Sisters of St. Margaret are also there helping people.

He described grim conditions.

“It is hard to get food and medicine because everything is closed,” he said. At this point, they have water, but the camp only has access to one water tank, and the water is running lower.

There is a single truck that takes the injured to the hospital and the dead to be buried. The hospital has been turning back some of the injured. “They can’t take that many,” said Canon Beauvoir.

At the time of the earthquake, Canon Beauvoir and his wife were in their home. “I thought the house was going to crash,” he said, but they managed to escape without injury.

“For the first time I was certain I faced death. I was certain we were going to die.”

Bishop Duracin’s home was destroyed and his wife was injured. She has been brought to a hospital run by Partners in Health, one of the few still open. “The Bishop has nothing left,” Canon Beauvoir reported.

Before the line failed, Canon Beauvoir described a litany of buildings that had “crashed” – the seminary, the convent, the university, the trade school.

“It’s scary,” he said.



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