Hidden in the Rubble

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In January 2010 a devastating earthquake struck the impoverished land of Haiti, killing over 230,000 people and causing unimaginable suffering. But even before the earthquake, as the photos and reflections in this book make clear, Haiti was already--had been for decades--a disaster zone, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

Filmmaker Gerry Straub was there weeks before the earthquake, and he returned soon after to continue his project: to capture in words and images the reality of Haiti?s poor?both their sufferings and their spirit?and to find in this reality the face of God.

Straub takes us into Cit? Soleil, one of the most wretched slums on earth, where kids play amidst the stench of open sewers, where hungry people eat pies made of clay. After the earthquake, he follows exhausted doctors and aid workers working desperately to relieve the suffering.

Hidden in the Rubble opens a window on a scene of desperate crisis, but it is ultimately a powerful and haunting challenge to enter into compassionate solidarity with the poor at our doorstep.

Gerard Thomas Straub, an award-winning author, photographer, and filmmaker, left behind a lucrative career producing daytime television, to document the plight of poor people around the world. His films include When Did I see You Hungry and his books include Sun and Moon over Assisi . He lives in Los Angeles.

Book Details

Hidden in the Rubble
A Haitian Pilgrimage to Compassion and Resurrection
Gerard Thomas Straub
Photos by the author