Houston author from Haiti heartbroken after hurricane devastation in home country

A local author from Haiti says he is heartbroken after seeing the devastation in his homeland. More than 800 people died in Hurricane Matthew this week.

HOUSTON - Jean Cius scrolled through pictures of his homeland that showed devastation that seemed all too familiar. 

“It’s breaking your heart when you see that,” said Cius.  

He saw Haiti in such bad shape before, following the massive earthquake in 2010.  

“The country was gone to say the least. There’s no words to express what I felt and what I saw.” he said.

Cius helped lead efforts in Houston to collect donations for Haiti. He used his own money to rebuild schools and churches. Then he wrote a book called Haiti, Beyond the Rubble. 

“In my opinion, based on what I saw in Haiti, I believe Haiti was in the process of getting back,” said Cius. 

But now, much of his work and his dreams have been reduced to rubble once more. Officials estimate more than 800 people have died there after Hurricane Matthew ripped through the country. 

“We are asking the questions, how much can Haiti bare? What can we do? Why Haiti?” said Cius. 

He has four sisters on the island. They’re doing okay, but the suffering for so many there continues and that leaves Haitians like Cius with little else to cling to but their faith. 

“As bad as I feel, I must keep my eyes on him and I must cry unto him.” said Cius. 

He is donating all of the proceeds from the sale of his book to helping to rebuild Haiti. 

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