A new book by PIH co-founder Paul Farmer details the suffering -- and resilience -- that he encountered in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Listen to him read an excerpt from Haiti After the Earthquake on the player below.

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To give readers a sense of what it was like in those first few days after the quake, at least for some of the doctors and nurses and patients, let me describe the events of a single afternoon and evening at the General Hospital. At least I believe it was a single night, a very long one...

-Paul Farmer, Haiti After the Earthquake

Inside a medical tent in Port-au-Prince, shortly after the January 2010 earthquake.

The USNS Comfort arrived in the Bay of Port-au-Prince to offer its medical services to earthquake victims. 

A team loads a patient onto a helicopter for transport to the USNS Comfort. 

Patients filled the courtyard at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince. 

Volunteer surgery teams worked frantically to set up operating rooms to treat injured patients. 

A patient in Port-au-Prince. 

A patient at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince. 

The destroyed National Palace in Port-au-Prince.