Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

No room in the cemetery for Haiti dead

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:36 PM
Original message
No room in the cemetery for Haiti dead
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 10:37 PM by Jamastiene
No room in the cemetery for Haiti dead

Last home of country's most famous families turns from place of respect and mourning into installation of horror

Ed Pilkington in Port-au-Prince
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 17 January 2010 21.19 GMT

Even in death, there is no dignity for the abandoned people of Haiti. The Grand Cimetire, the last home of the country's most famous families, has in five days turned from a place of respect and mourning into an installation of horror.

<snip>

Every five minutes a new body is brought in, most in simple coffins, fashioned out of rough bits of salvaged wood; one has been made out of old cupboard doors. Suddenly, six men rush by, carrying on their shoulders a fancy lacquered coffin, heading for one of the tombs of a wealthy family.

Poor Haitian families don't enjoy such luxury of mourning. A tomb on the right side of the walkway has been opened to allow the body of a 14-year-old girl, swaddled in white cloth and laid out in a pick-up truck, to be added beside the remains of her parents. Above the opening, the word "rparation" has been scrawled. We ask the cemetery workers standing nearby what that signifies. "It means the family has no money," one worker tells us in broken French. "They cannot pay." A truck with the young girl on board later drove off, her body unburied.

How much money are we talking about, we ask, what are you charged to lay a teenaged girl to rest? A hundred dollars, the workers say.

<snip>

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/17/no-room-cem...

Imagine having to fork over three years worth of your salary on the spot or seeing your family member buried in a mass grave where you cannot pay your respects.

:(
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:41 PM
Response to Original message
1. Even In Death
the wealthy have it better.

son of a bitch.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:48 PM
Response to Original message
2. You're back to zero.
This is heartbreaking and disgusting at the same time. Thanks, I think.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:06 PM
Response to Original message
3. I have been thinking about this every day
it's a nightmare, horrible. Reminds me of the largely ignored Darfur and Rwanda.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:08 PM
Response to Original message
4. No words.
Simply no words.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Mind_your_head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:17 PM
Response to Original message
5. Hey, focus on respect for the still living.....
the dead are gone and beyond our reach. We all have our 'chance in the sun' and no one knows when their time here on this earth is done. I think we all are grateful to our ancestors who "got us this far". I doubt our deceased ancestors would want us to spend our "earthy capital" to deify their memory. If WE, their progeny, live our life adequately that is what our ancestors "lived for".
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:53 PM
Response to Original message
6. It's a fairly simple issue of space

I doubt there is a city anywhere that has space for 100k individual graves.

That's roughly one third the size of Arlington.

At a thousand a day, you'd be looking at a hundred days to bury each one.

It's sort of remarkable that with all that needs done, time, tools, effort and equipment have been used to make coffins and dig graves.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 12:02 AM
Response to Original message
7. Unimaginable as this is, at least these people know where their loved ones are.
So many will never know.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Jul 23rd 2014, 12:15 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC