"Papa Doc's Alleged Grave"

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"Zombie" 

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"Guyodo the Artiste"

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"The Priest"

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"The Baron"

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"Son of the Baron"

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"The Song of Gedes"

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"Graham Greene's Hotel Oloffson"

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"Port-au-Prince Haiti-U.N. Helicopters were waiting out driving rain that lashed this country Friday before they could assess flood damage from the Tropical Storm Noel, now a hurricane, which killed at least 48 here and left thousands homeless."

When you are in the midst of something and later on, you read about it, the information received, can seem grossly distorted.  At the time of the storm, it was the Festival of the Dead, in celebration of the lwa Gede.  I remember sitting at the Hotel Oloffson, with the electricity out everyday from 3-7 and at one point the entire city went out.  On that old, crumbling, plantation style veranda, drinking Prestige and talking amongst the other artists, writers and filmmakers, nothing seemed to matter.  Life in Port-au-Prince, is often chaotic and the people there, take it all in a stride.  Perhaps on the outside though, it would appear to be madness.

There was a photograph taken by the associated press, in the San Antonio Express that featured hundreds of Haitian children in line for food "Due to the disastrous Hurricane Noel".  What they don't talk about is that those children stand in that same line every day at the UN sanctions to get food, rain or shine.  

Journal Entry Rowynn Dumont 

-November 17, 2007

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