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Haitian Winter, Part 2: From C to Shining C, Handy Around the Clinic (Photo Essay)

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


We left you peering out the window of our (Andre's actually) Toyota 4Runner in Part One, in my first return to Port-au-Prince since last May, so hold on, we have a ways to go still to get to our destination:

What has changed since my last trip? One thing you see are more signs of reconstruction, although only the surface has been scratched thus far, and only something like 5% of all the earthquake rubble in Haiti has been removed, if that much. Here is one building going up:

But much of Port-au-Prince and its outlaying suburbs still consists of shanty towns and tents:

But that is not to say that there is not plenty of enterprise in Haiti. In fact everyone has to hustle to survive, so there are small businesses everywhere, whether entrepreneurs have roofs over their heads or not. Indeed, omnipresent open markets are one of the key hallmarks of Haitian society.

And Haitians, it seems, particularly in the metropolitan centers, are always on the go, whether it be by the public taxis called Tap-taps, or by the myriad motor scooters flying out of nowhere everywhere, or as you will see later, by horse or donkey.

Below, several Haitians climbing in or out of a Tap-tap:

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Thanks.... by GLloyd Rowsey on Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 7:36:32 PM
Loved finding out about C2C- such an inspiration! ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:27:26 PM
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