Monday 11 December 2017

Jason O'Brien: It's hard to believe in God amid rubble and misery

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

AN uneasy, unsettling calm has descended on Port-au-Prince as hope withers into resignation. Despite a man being pulled from the rubble here on Saturday, the search for survivors has now officially been called off, and the world's attention is beginning to waver.

The supply of food and water is still far too slow and the stench of half-buried, decomposing bodies clogs the air -- but the majority of locals have little choice but to get on with life among the rubble.

And so they wash on the side of the road, using dirty water from burst mains. And they fashion some sort of shelter from the sun, often in front of the ruins of their former homes. And they drag themselves to and from various crowded field hospitals.

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