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Haitian Winter, Part Six: Soaring into the Sun - the Grand New Iron Market

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Looking west and down on the courtyard below and the entranceway to the south hall. In the background is the main Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines.

Looking east toward the piers and bay at the squalor and devastation from the earthquake just beyond the Iron Market.

And this is why Denis O'Brien restored the Iron Market, so it can, in reality, serve as a lighthouse of hope against this landscape of despair.

In fact, words of inspiration are embedded right on the minarets. Paix, of course, means Peace.

Travail means Work.

The words here are to remind everyone that President Hyppolite first built this historical edifice in 1889.

Solar Grand Finale

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But wait a minute! We haven't completed the solar power installation yet. Dennis and his hardworking Coronado crew finally had everything mounted, wired and bolted tight a few weeks after I left Haiti. The Iron Market is now being powered by the sun. He sent me a few photos recently of the finished project.

That passageway between the wings that was just channels and angles when I was there? Quite a difference now with the panels, inverters and controllers all mounted! (photo by Dennis Mee)

From the inner edge of one wing looking outward toward the neighborhood at the sea of solar panels (photo by Dennis Mee).

This is from the farthest edge of one wing, looking inward upon the rows of solar panels. (photo by Dennis Mee)

May the sun pour forth healing energy, Love and Light on Haiti:

A closeup of part of a painting from one of the vendor's stalls inside the north hall, which is the artsier wing of the giant complex displaying some really amazing arts and crafts. In my next photo-essay, let's go on a little tour inside the two market halls.

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About this series:

On February 4th independent journalist Georgianne Nienaber and I flew into Haiti for a five day whirlwind investigative tour facilitated by our driver and "fixer", Andre Paultre, a journalist's best friend in Haiti. This is the sixth piece in my series, "Haitian Winter".

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