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Haitian Winter, Part 5: Saturday Morning Kaleidoscope: JFK, Tourist Troopers and the Road to Truttier

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We pass by a store riddled with graffitti that advertises selling Clairin, a strong, made-in-Haiti only spirit very similar to rum, since it is also made from cane sugar, and it is also used extensively in herbal folk-medicine remedies. But it is cheaper and less refined than rum, and also less regulated, which has given rise to some recent health disasters that Georgianne writes about in her article, Death in a Bottle for a Handful of Haitian Coins.

Now we are approaching the Truttier refuse dump, with, sadly, makeshift tents and ramshackle dwellings camouflaged in the background of this rather unsanitary area:

A Jedco sewage collection truck drives toward the entrance of the dump, where it will unleash its toxic ingredients into an open, unlined pond of sewage, the subject of another Haitian health scandal that I will touch upon in a future article as I take you inside the dump for some shocking sights.

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