Thu January 21, 2010
Calling Home To Haiti
Gracia Desille is 57, a grandmother and a dry cleaner. After Haiti’s earthquake, she became one of thousands of Haitian-Americans in South Florida desperately searching for news about their families back home.
“I try try… call. I buy (phone) cards. I buy cards. So many cards…” she told me. “Nobody answers.”
After a week of no news, Desille heard about the Haitian Relief Information Center. Comcast had set up a phone bank and was offering free calls to Haiti. She arrived with three numbers scrawled on the back of an envelope, and took her place on a plastic chair with others who clutched small address books with dog-eared pages.
We follow Desille’s story until she finally learns the fate of her family, and we visit an unsung hero: a Creole-language DJ who opened his radio booth to anyone with a scrap of news to share.