Beth Macy planned the trip months ago, intending to follow a local woman as she leads a medical mission in Haiti, still sifting through the remnants of January’s earthquake, nearly a year later. Before Beth had a chance to finalize her travel plans or choose which recorders to bring along, cholera had changed her plans — as it would continue to do throughout her trip to the devastated country.
Beth is still in Haiti, reporting as best she can from a place that’s rife with sickness, pain — and, as she’s found out in the past few harrowing hours, a rising desperation that’s found its outlet in violence.
We’d intended for this to be a traditional reporting trip, with notebooks and pens and an e-mailed dispatch from time to time. But the story changed, and took Beth — and the rest of us — with it.