Goudou Goudou les voix ignorées de la reconstructions

by Benoit Cassegrain & Giordano Cossu

Before January 12th 2010, many Haitians were unaware that the earth could tremble, that it could shake so hard it could make concrete collapse. Was this a punishment from God? Or the devil? Did the United States test a new bomb on Haiti? Whatever the interpretations, in the wake of the January 12th earthquake, a new word appears in Port-au-Prince: “Goudou Goudou,” an onomatopoeic reference to the deafening noise of the earth trembling. A new word for this “thing” to which many Haitians, only a few days later, would learn the meaning of: earthquake.