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Haiti Times: A Night on Rue Berne:Living on the Streets

5:56 pm - 01/17/2010
Garry Pierre-Pierre, a reporter of the Haiti Times who arrived on site a few days ago, writes about a night spent on the streets, and the historical human wrongs and failings that have made the natural disaster so much more deadly'
Jan 16, 2010

A Night on Rue Berne: Living on the Streets
by Garry Pierre-Pierre

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Dusk had barely set and already, the residents of Rue Berne, were making their beds. These bedrooms were makeshifts arranged neatly on one side of the streets, away from shaky walls and fragile home frames that remain so dangerous.

The men, erected barricades, leaving enough room for a vehicle to navigate the tiny canyon. Soon they share whatever pasta, or rice with smoke herring. A few hours later, mothers tucked their children on near their belly and they started lo listen to the news on battery operated transistor radios and by 8 P.M, some people had already began falling asleep.

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Haiti Times is the online edition of the weekly English newspaper that caters to Haiti-Americans living in New York, USA.
kekekekekekeke 17th-Jan-2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
It’s going to be a long time,” said Joseph, when asked how long he was going to live on the streets. “I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.”

that is so heartbreaking I can't even imagine :(
hohaiyee 17th-Jan-2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
It looked so flat, uniformly so, like, dominos.

Once again I'm thankful that I live in Toronto, crappy inconvenient weather, nothing ever really bad. We won't go thirsty with Lake Ontario, though we share that with the yanks who dump stuff in it, but fleshwater! Big enough to have good doctors, too small to worry about terrorism.

Some ignorant relative of mine remarked how calm the Japanese people deal with their disaster, compared to these (black) people, but dude, completely different situation. Japan is relatively less densely populated, and they have been dealing with earthquakes a regular part of life for centuries, with the resources to do so, but Haiti was surprised. Their houses are actually designed to withstand earthquake.
kekekekekekeke 17th-Jan-2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
uh yikes :S yeah, not the same

I liked the comparison in this article comparing the effects of the 2008 storm in Haiti vs. in Cuba

Since the late 1970s, relentless neoliberal assault on Haiti's agrarian economy has forced tens of thousands of small farmers into overcrowded urban slums.


The same storms that killed so many in 2008 hit Cuba just as hard but killed only four people. Cuba has escaped the worst effects of neoliberal "reform", and its government retains a capacity to defend its people from disaster.
jack_post_jill 18th-Jan-2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
I linked this article in my latest blog post: http://cityofnever.wordpress.com/

It's ... scary. Because you think about Haiti and the prevalance of slums and poverty and then realize, Port-au-Prince isn't the only city with those issues. How many other cities have similar conditions and are vulnerable to other natural or man-made disasters? Speaking from my own experience, seeing the poor in Manila in the Philippines and realizing how easily their livelihoods could be destroyed by a single storm. Or, in the case of this past autumn, a flood.
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