Ohio State University student starts school year with eyes and heart on Haiti home
COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Tuesday marked the first day of classes at Ohio State University, with students resuming their studies, all with their own personal stories.
A student from Haiti thinks about her homeland.
On July 7, gunmen killed the country’s president, Jovenel Moise. About a month later, a violent earthquake razed houses, killing more than 2,000 and injuring nearly 10,000.
Then, a few days later, Tropical Storm Grace set in, bringing strong winds and heavy rain that cut power to many people who were barely hanging on.
“I thought when I started class and got busy, I wouldn’t think about this thing, but it really doesn’t work that way,” said Louceline Fleuridor, OSU researcher from Haiti. . “It comes from time to time and I think I’m very alert and the chair is moving and I’m like, ‘Something’s going on. “”
On August 14, when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing more than 2,200 people. Fleuridor, who is preparing his doctorate. in Ohio State, remembers it well.
“It started out like a normal day on Saturday morning, then I felt something move, but I think my first thought was, ‘Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m not feeling well, ”she said.
Fleuridor is from northern Haiti, but spent the night with his family in Port-au-Prince, before his Sunday flight to Ohio.
She made the trip, but it was only a few days after the earthquake.
“Communication isn’t always easy, so you don’t always have internet access in Haiti, so while I would like to call, I might not even be able to find them,” Fleuridor said. “Once you call and the phone rings and you can’t hear anyone, you start imagining things like, ‘Oh my God, what the hell happened? “”
Fleuridor said he saw comments and internet posts saying Haiti is getting what it deserves because of corruption in the country and those who believe in voodoo.
“I think people have to be a little sensitive to the situation because it is real and it affects families, the economy,” she said. “We are already a poor country. It affects on so many levels.
Fleuridor said her family is doing well and using university resources to get help with her feelings of guilt over her return to Ohio.
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