Hacking Hunger – Episode 13: Handing Over the Mic to Haitian Voices After Matthew

Published November 5, 2016
Last Updated November 5, 2020

When Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti last month, the storm ravaged its southern coast and left hundreds of thousands of families without food, shelter and clean water. But its devastation only tells part of the story.

“My store was here. My house was here. The banana trees, the coconut trees, all has been lost. We are staying with neighbors who are giving us food, but I don’t know what we are going to do in the future,” says Pierre, a man who’s life was turned upside down by Matthew.

M.J. hands over the mic to Laura Cantave, a World Food Program USA staffer born in Haiti, to share her reflections on the spirit of her homeland. We also hear from Alexis Masciarelli, a  United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) staffer, who has spent the past month on the ground talking with families who survived the hurricane’s wrath.