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The Face of Cholera in Mirebalais, Haiti, a Photo-Essay by Leah Millis

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As Haiti descends into greater pain and struggle as the cholera epidemic deepens and widens into every department of Haiti, a young photojournalist, Leah Millis, has found her mission, to convey to us the reality of the Haitian people in this new and terrible crisis. Leah comes ro OpEdNews after she found out about contributor Georgianne Nienaber's work, contacted her, and Georgianne contacted me as soon as she saw the power and skill of Leah's photographs.

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MIREBALAIS, HAITI-- NOVEMBER 16, 2010--Caution tape marks the cholera treatment area outside of the hospital Sant Dyagnostik Entegral Migabale in Mirebalais, Haiti. Doctors at the hospital said cases have been increasing recently. Since mid-October when cholera was first confirmed in the Artibonite region of Haiti, over 1,000 people have died and over 14,000 people have been hospitalized.



(ALL SIX PHOTOS BY LEAH WERE TAKEN IN MIREBALAIS, HAITI ON NOVEMBER 16, 2010)


"It's very terrible to watch your children die and not to have a funeral." Dorsine Fanfil, 62 said about his daughter Jessica, 18 and his son, John, 12, who both died Nov. 8 of cholera at the hospital Sant Dyagnostik Entegral Migabale.

Fanfil had four children before the disease took two of them last week. He says the other two and his wife also fell ill with cholera but have since recovered. Fanfil said that when his children died he was not allowed to see them and the bodies were taken in a wheelbarrow to the local cemetery where they were buried in unmarked graves with a few others. Since mid-October when cholera was first confirmed in the Artibonite region of Haiti, over 1,000 people have died and over 14,000 people have been hospitalized.



Jeannine Succes holds the arm of her 13-year-old son Pierre Christopher as she tries to calm him while he tosses in his hospital bed in the Intensive Care Unit tent at the hospital Sant Dyagnostik Entegral Migabale in Mirebalais, Haiti.

Pierre passed away approximately twenty minutes after this photograph was taken. Succes wailed that he was getting ready for school only four hours earlier as she mourned his death. Doctors at the hospital said cases have been increasing recently. Since mid-October when cholera was first confirmed in the Artibonite region of Haiti, over 1,000 people have died and over 14,000 people have been hospitalized.



Jeannine Succes begins to mourn the loss of her 13-year-old son, Pierre Christopher, in the Intensive Care Unit tent at the hospital Sant Dyagnostik Entegral Migabale in Mirebalais, Haiti. Pierre passed away approximately ten minutes before this photograph was taken. Succes wailed that he was getting ready for school only four hours earlier as she grieved his death. Doctors at the hospital said cases have been increasing recently. Since mid-October when cholera was first confirmed in the Artibonite region of Haiti, over 1,000 people have died and over 14,000 people have been hospitalized.



Her grief intensifies.



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Thanks Mac for posting this. I am swamped but real... by Georgianne Nienaber on Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 at 8:34:09 PM
Haiti needs this - it needs to remain on the publi... by Kevin Tully on Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010 at 7:19:59 AM