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Tears for the Mountain

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  • Chris Rakunas

  • Nonfiction, Current Events, Disaster Relief
  • Paperback ISBN 10: 0-9842930-6-X | ISBN 13: 978-0-9842930-6-3

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Note: A portion of the proceeds for this book will be donated to the New Life Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Right there, on the gray cinderblock wall, was a jet-black piece of graffiti that I couldn’t quite understand at first. Miriam must have caught the look on my face because she explained. “It’s a map of Haiti,” she said. It made sense suddenly. The map of Haiti had an eye placed in it so that it looked like a face. Coming down from the eye was a single giant tear drop. “Haiti is weeping.”

On Tuesday, January 12th 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the island nation of Haiti. The United States Agency for International Development estimated the death toll to be somewhere between 46,000 and 85,000 people, with 220,000 injured and over 1.5 million homeless. Many organizations, both from the U.S. and abroad, responded to the appeal for humanitarian aid.

Dr. Stephen Schroering and Chris Rakunas went to Haiti to deliver over 21,000 pounds of medical and surgical supplies to the New Life Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and several other hospitals. In Tears for the Mountain, Chris recounts his mission to deliver these supplies to the earthquake-ravaged island nation. Chris discusses both the triumphs and heartbreaks of the trip, the problems with distributing aid in a nation lacking the most basic infrastructure, and his unexpected encounter with a notorious Haitian warlord.