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    Posted April 10, 2010 by
    bobbymoon
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    Jacmel, Haiti
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Haiti earthquake aftermath

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    Day Four: Jacmel

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     bobbymoon spent eight days in Haiti with Somos Amigos Medical Missions.
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    This was a difficult day for us as we explored the fallen city of  Jacmel. In most of the area affected by the earthquake, the school year  ended on January 12. There are no schools. Teachers were lost. Families  struggle to survive and children are needed to fetch water and wait for  food. But we came upon one school that re-opened, under tents, within a  few weeks of the quake. We learned from the administrators that not  one student’s or faculty member’s family was spared death and/or  destruction. We attended a meeting of local officials with fisherman who  were trying to organize and revitalize the small fishing industry.  Their livelihood was taken along with their homes as the post-quake  tsunami devastated the coast. On this day the fishermen were being  provided new boats, each one earned by lottery and shared with a team of  fellow fishermen.

    Few of the buildings that still stand in Jacmel are inhabitable. We  visited two tent cities, one of which housed two thousand people. The  conditions defy description. We were invited to the “home” of one of the  residents: in an 8×10 space there were two cots and a few plastic bags  containing all the worldly possessions of the eight people who shared  the space. This is their new reality. And for how long?  Walking around  between the tents the flies cling to you. The smells offend. The UN  peacekeepers with their rifles are unsettling. The sounds at the food  and water distribution lines are haunting. The eyes of the people beg  forgiveness for the shoving and clanging and short words. Meanwhile the  children laugh and play and sing as if unaware of the pain that  surrounds them. One wants to believe that there is hope in the souls of  the adults as well, but their pained faces suggest otherwise. This is  humanity at its most raw core. Transparent. Exposed. At night the  heavens console.

     

    To view the full resolution photos, please visit www.eightdaysinhaiti.com

    www.somosamigos.org

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