Six months after a devastating earthquake flattened Haiti’s capital city, little has changed for Ernst Leo and his 7-year-old daughter, Therissa.
Every night, they crawl into a cramped tent barely big enough to hold a mattress and their few belongings.
For six months, they have lived on the street in a once-thriving middle-class neighborhood. Every day, they hustle for basic necessities. Their bathroom is in the home of a neighbor whose house is still standing, their evening light comes from Leo’s cellphone and their meals from other families who live in nearby tents.
Leo, 33, a computer technician, wonders how much longer they have to live this way or where else they can go.
His wife of 12 years and older daughter died in the earthquake. His house, like most buildings that collapsed, remains a heap of concrete and debris.
“Since January 12th, I’ve never received any aid,” Leo says in French. “Ever since this dramatic event, it’s like life has no meaning anymore. Nothing has changed in six months.”