In Leogane, which was the epicenter of the earthquake, almost 90% of the buildings were damaged in some way. I went on a trip there today to follow up on a story that MSNBC.com was following a couple months ago, and a few different story lines collided when I wasn’t really expecting it. For instance, the two children above are the grandchildren of the woman who lives on this property.
They lost their house in the earthquake, so they are staying there until their mother finds something else. But the grandmother has a business of selling chairs to people holding funerals, weddings, and even voodoo festivals, probably one of the only businesses in Haiti that is not floundering. And they all sit there in an empty formation, and piled in heaps under tarps, as if waiting for a procession that will never start.