Orleans Realtor Tom Cronin captures plight of this tragic nation
American Heritage Real Estate owner is a world-class photographer
By Walter Brooks
Since the Cholera outbreak in Haiti, over 2,400 have died in that beleaguered nation.
And while it is estimated that 110,000 Haitian have contacted this deadly disease since the first case surfaced in October, there is only enough approved cholera vaccine stockpiled in the world to vaccinate less than half that number according to the World Health Organization this week.
Into that maelstrom last week, Orleans Realtor Tom Cronin flew with his camera.
The country was in chaos after the giant earthquake in January, but the cholera epidemic there now makes it a really dangerous place to go for a suntan.
Tom, however, went to take photographs of condition right now, and the result would make any professional photo-journalist blush with envy.
Tom says the conditions are volatile and show little improvement since the earthquake. Slabs of concrete hang off buildings, the UN Security Force sits mostly in their air-conditioned SUVs and watch the country die in front of them.
He sees little for the tens of millions already poured into the country.
Tom has been to Haiti 26 times since 1970, and until Haiti's dreaded Tonton Macoutes destroyed the building, expelled the staff and raped the girls, he had set up a video exchange link between Barnstable High and a Catholic orphanage in the Haitian hills.
He was once even hijacked on his flight home by an airport security guard with an Uzi pointed at Tom's belly for hours.
I know because my wife Pat and I were with him that trip.
See Tom Cronin's photographs taken this week in Haiti, click here on on the montage below.