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Spirit And Strength Will Pull Haiti's People Through


Source : http://www.guardian.co.uk

As the tremors and the NGOs recede, Haitians continue the fight against colonialism that their ancestors began 220 years ago by Reed Lindsay (The Observer)

Nearly two weeks have passed since the earthquake, and journalists are beginning to leave. The obvious stories have been done and, for some, things are becoming monotonous.

I've seen this happen before: the hurricane that devastated Gonaives in 2008, the food crisis of that year, the armed rebellion that led to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's removal by US troops. When catastrophe strikes, Haiti is swarmed by foreigners, journalists, foreign troops, aid workers, diplomats and celebrities. But the world can only take so much tragedy and soon Haiti is back to making occasional appearances in a news brief.

Yesterday I was behind one of Haiti's colourfully painted buses usually adorned with inspiring biblical slogans. This one was uncharacteristically morbid: "Life is not only roses, it is sometimes dark." Life has never seemed darker. Around 120,000 are dead, thousands maimed, hundreds of thousands homeless, livelihoods destroyed. Food, water and medicine are finally starting to arrive, but the demand continues to overwhelm supply.

The outlook in Haiti was never rosy; now it is bleak. Tragedy was never hard to find, although in ordinary times it could take some groundwork to root out the quintessential story. Now it's impossible to avoid.

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