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Haiti in Telluride: My Brothers, Our Sisters

The Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corps will present a photo exhibit – My Brothers Our Sisters – at the Ah Haa School For the Arts, November 10-30, 2018. Dr. John Durham led sixteen NAVMC volunteers to Port Au Prince in December, 2017. These were orthopedists, anesthesiologists, nurses, and aids, as well as two photographers. They worked at the Bernard Mevs Hospital, a referral center for the all of Haiti, receiving the country’s gravely ill and badly injured. The team operated side-by-side with Haitian physicians who were there to learn and carry on the mission of care long after NAVMC left. Life in Port Au Prince is hard. Haitians have seen many well-intentioned outsiders come and go since the terrible earthquake of 2010 and the destructive hurricane of 2016. Despite people’s best efforts, the poverty is still grinding, health care is spread thin, and the streets remain a struggle. The trip last December was Durham’s twentieth-eighth. He has not given up. Michael Collier and Jake Bacon joined the NAVMC team to document its surgical efforts, but also to ask a broader question: who are these people? The two photographers came away with an answer: they are Haitians, our Caribbean neighbors — people smiling, searching, staring. Some wise, some weeping. These are patients and their relatives. They are the wounded and the worried. We’ve seen their faces before because we all live on this same good Earth. Who are these people? They are my brothers, our sisters. Durham, Bacon, and Collier will discuss NAVMC and share their experiences among the people of Haiti at the Ah Haa School on November 10, 2018.