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Haiti-Heaven

I went to the island of Ile a Vache with some friends of ours last weekend, and it was pretty amazing.  Ile a Vache, which is a 30 minutes boat ride from the southern coastal city of Les Cayes, has no roads, no shops, and just beach.  It was pretty amazing all together, but this picture above seemed to portray everything that is good in the world: about 20 langoustine (kinda like lobster), and a bottle of Barbancourt rum (5 star).  If this was a math problem, this is how I would break this equation down:

20 Langoustine + 1 bottle of Barbancourt = Heaven
20 Langoustine – 1 bottle of Barbancourt = Still pretty awesome (but I’m thirsty…)
1 bottle of Barbancourt – 20 Langoustine = I’m hungry (but tipsy!)
20 Langoustine × 1 bottle of Barbancourt = OMG, THE POSSIBILITIES!!!

I’m not sure how you would logistically multiply the two, but if some physicist somewhere figured out how to achieve that he would be a Nobel Laureate in about 10 seconds flat.  Bottom line, this combination is killer…in the best possible way.

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Peek-a-boo

A child peeks around a support beam in a tent camp in Leogane, which was the epicenter of the earthquake.  90% of houses there were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake.

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Stained Glass

Stained-Glass

The remnants of the stained glass windows at the National Catholic Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.  The cathedral collapsed in the earthquake, killing dozens of people including the Bishop.

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Little-girl-amputee

A little girl, who lost her leg in the earthquake, looks at a group of children playing at the tent camp in Corail.

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frankthorp

When Duvalier moves, the only way to keep up is by motorcycle.  That’s why our trusty chariot, Pinotage, has been working overtime to make sure that we get the best images to cover the story.  The photo above was taken by photographer Andrés Martínez Casares while we were traveling with Duvalier’s motorcade from the courthouse back to the hotel where he was staying. That’s Duvalier’s car right behind my head, and what you can’t see is that there are about 25 motorcycles all weaving in and out of the motorcade taking pictures and shooting video.  What you can see in the photo is some perfect motorcycle-driving-form, and the use of the proper safety equipment.  Bottom line, the photo is awesome.

You can see more of Andres’ work at his website here: www.martinezcasares.com

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Only-the-Essentials

This photo is pretty self-explanatory.  Standing in the middle of Delmas, which is one of the main roads that cuts through Port-au-Prince, there was this boy selling balloon animals.  Now, you can buy practically anything in the streets of PAP, from car chargers to clothing to blenders, but this, for me, was a first.  I suppose he looked at his target group of consumers and saw a gap in the balloon animal industry, and then quickly pounced on the opportunity to sell clowns in Haiti what they desperately need to do their jobs.  I kid, and it’s nice to see someone trying to spread a little joy around here, even if it is one balloon sword at a time.  Now if only we could get him to smile…

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Pray-For-Change

A man looks to the skies while protesting the results of the November 28th elections in front of the presidential palace.

Today is Sunday, which means most Haitians are in church.  Instead of the chants of political protesters, you hear the chants of churches filled with songs and prayer, which is a nice change of pace.  The city was open again today, so we made another trip to the grocery store to stock up on extra non-perishable foodstuffs, and even made it to La Reserve to watch a little football.

But the calm isn’t supposed to last much longer.  Already schools have been canceled tomorrow in anticipation of more large protests and barricaded streets.  The protests are reportedly going to be against the CEP, which is the body that ran the elections.  On Saturday, Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly announced that they were rejecting the “recount” that was proposed by the CEP, which has raised fears that the protests and riots could start anew.  It turns out the recount wasn’t really a recount anyways, and was simply a “retabulation” of the tally sheets from polling stations.

But the reality is that the final results of the election won’t be announced until December 20th, leaving many ex-pats (including us) who have plane tickets to go home for the holidays debating whether we should leave a little earlier.  Almost everyone we have spoken to has moved their tickets from the 22nd or the 23rd to the 18th or the 19th, because they’re worried that the airport will be closed following the announcement due to more riots.  We’re going to figure out our gameplan tonight while munching on some delicious homemade pizza.  But I guess it could be worse, I mean, at least the roof of our football stadium isn’t collapsing because 20 inches of snow had just fallen on it (Check out this video!).

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