RADIO: Dr.Lyon from Partners in Health

Arndell LeBlanc | President |

Journalist for Human RIghts Concodia PresidentDr Evan Lyon has been an internist and volunteer clinician with Partners In Health (PIH) in Haiti since 1997. He arrived in Haiti 4 days post earthquake and stayed on and off for the next 7 months. We were in country at the same time. We may indeed had crossed paths. He has written an essay for Haiti After the EarthquakePaul Farmer’s written account of the earthquake, the root causes of the devastation it wrought, and the relief and recovery efforts of Haitians and those who came to their assistance.

The pre interview went well, we shared our backgrounds and he was happy to hear that I had a vested interest in the country as I had spent time there and had been to the hospital that he speaks of in his chapter.

Researching his work I found that he writes quite well and that his words are truly touching. Here is a piece he wrote for AlJazeera English . . . I went threw the exact same thing. It is hard to explain the clinging dust to your skin or the smell that remains long after you have landed back home.

“IMAGES ARE FLASHING UP, SMALL AND LARGE IMAGES – SAD SOUNDS, TRAGIC SOUNDS, BANDAGED AND MISSING LIMBS, TRAUMA AND FEAR IN EVERYONE’S EYES; EVERYONE WE CARED FOR AND EVERYONE WHO CAME TO HELP. SMELL AND DUST LINGER ON MY BODY DESPITE A WARM SHOWER AND FAIR SLEEP IN A CLEAN AIRPORT HOTEL.”

The interview went well, we shared stories, little did I know that it lasted 28 minutes. We were so lost in our conversation that I had not kept track of time.

This originally aired on Montreal’s CKUT 90.3 fm on the Thursday edition of Off The Hour: Radio Resistance. Tune in 5 – 6 pm for the Off the Hour Shows.

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