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discocrisco01 Donating Member (524 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:34 PM
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Outside Haiti capital, much despair and little aid
From the AP

"As aid masses in Haiti's devastated capital, time is running out in rural areas where the damage is no less severe. In Leogane, frustrated men gathered Saturday with machetes and clubs, ready to fight for a town they said the world has forgotten.

All along the cracked highway heading west from Port-au-Prince along the bay, people begged for help. "SOS," declared a sign near Leogane. "We don't understand why everything is going to Port-au-Prince, because Leogane was broken too."

That is putting it lightly.

Leogane's city center is a rubble pile spiderwebbed with fallen power lines, coastal Haiti re-landscaped as a post-apocalyptic film set. Two mass graves line the road to the capital, a few yellowed bodies thrown in to start a third.

At the corner of Rue La Croix and Pere Thevenot, a charming two-story built in 1922 that housed a pharmacy and a florist last week is a brickyard sepulcher for the couple who died trying to escape.

Blocks away a group of men gathered to defend a health clinic-turned-shelter against all comers: The local government, which wants to dig another mass grave there, criminals loosed from the capital's broken penitentiary, and looters as hungry as they are.

They said they do not want violence, but carried machetes, typical of this sugar-growing town, and clutched wooden pins and poles.

"There is no one in the police station. We haven't seen aid," said 28-year-old Philip Pierre, who manages a yogurt plant. "We are ready to die fighting if they don't listen to us."

Death has done brisk business here already, in a town where roaming Carnival bands were just getting in gear when the quake struck Tuesday, its epicenter just 12 miles (25 kms) to the east.

The stench emanating from rubble is intense, and among the residents' demands are the "big shovels" working in the capital to excavate bodies.

This is a sad tragedy and my heart goes out to the people. I guess the solution to the problem is that we all collectively take a week off from work and help rebuild the country.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:18 PM
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1. These are the workers
An idea that may help them is if, instead of vacationing down there with air flights and lodging, take that sum and buy a 1st mtg on a workers house.

Loan them the money with a payback in say 50 years at 1% interest.

They could use that cash to build a small house on the remains of the old one, giving jobs to, and disbursing money in their hometown.
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:22 PM
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2. This is a good idea, please develop this it could catch on! nt
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