For more than a month, Walson and his wife have been keeping watch at the bedside of their five year-old son, Walderson, at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Saint-Louis Hospital in Port-au- Prince. They take turns at the hospital while caring for their other three children. The family lives in the Delmas 33 neighborhood, in a little tent set up in front of their house, which was badly damaged by the earthquake that hit the island on January 12.
Some time ago, Walderson suffered third-degree burns to his right leg. His mother was cooking in their tent while Walderson was playing with his twin brother. His pants caught on a pot of boiling water and he was scalded over 12 percent of his body. "Ca faisait mal ampil," the child says, in Creole. "It hurt a lot."