Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | Oct. 2, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
Gabrielle was three months pregnant with her first child when she fell off the back of a moving tap tap, one of the garishly decorated trucks that serve as Port-au-Prince’s only public transportation system, and was dragged several blocks after her leg caught on the trailer hitch.
Most tap taps are pick-up trucks with sideways facing benches and sheet metal frames for walls and roofs, but the backs are open so that passengers can hop on and off by climbing on a lowered step hanging off the trailer hitch. They’re often overcrowded as they speed down the boulevard with passengers standing on the trailer hitch, hanging on to a side rail as their only means of security.
“What happened?” I asked.
“Mwen te tonbe,” she replied softly, her hair pulled back in two large braids along her scalp. I fell.