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    January 12, 2010 at precisely 4:53pm marked the worst natural disaster in Haiti’s history. The small country was subjected to a devastating magni… Read More
    January 12, 2010 at precisely 4:53pm marked the worst natural disaster in Haiti’s history. The small country was subjected to a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that took the lives of over 300,000 people and left millions without food, water and shelter. Countless aftershocks, hurricanes, and even a Cholera epidemic threatened the lives of many others. So many lives displaced and children orphaned left to fend for their own. Nearly a year later I was commissioned to work on a piece for someone I have never met. My patron was inspired by a woman by the name of Sonja who works for the state department. Sonja was working in Haiti before the earthquake struck. While so many of her colleagues evacuated the country right after the devastating quake, she stayed behind to help rebuild and support the people of Haiti. It is my understanding that she is still there to this day. Her selfless sacrifice is a testament to the human spirit. She has been through the worst and has witnessed unimaginable images most of us will hopefully never have to see. She has seen the resilience and courage of the Haitians in rebuilding their beloved country. Sonja has touched many lives including my patron’s, and now mine. This piece was illustrated in her honor and all who stayed behind and dedicated their lives to help others. I wanted to show the hopelessness and despair on the faces of the children as the helicopters were leaving… yet into the distance emerging from the horizon is Sonja walking towards the them exuding hope. Sonja, Haiti and the world over thank you for your service and sacrifice and we are forever inspired. Mèsi pou li pa kite nou (thank you for not leaving us). Read Less
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