Thursday 14 December 2017

Kim Bielenberg: In struggling Haiti, even former US presidents roll up their sleeves to help build houses

President Jimmy Carter working on site in Haiti
President Jimmy Carter working on site in Haiti

PAUDIE Halpin was travelling back to the airport in Port-au-Prince in Haiti at the weekend through a crowded street when he captured a truly shocking image on his mobile phone.

Later, when we were in the airport terminal, ready to depart for Ireland, he showed me the picture. It showed a man's body lying on the side of the street, with his face covered. The photo shows just a couple of people standing by concerned at the man’s plight, while others just go about their business.

I wondered how this person could lie randomly in the street. Did he die of disease, possibly the cholera that was brought to Haiti by UN troops, or was he attacked?

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