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Fault LinesViews across Haiti's Divide$
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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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Fragile as a Crystal

Fragile as a Crystal

(Tales from Three Months Out)

(p.57) 7 Fragile as a Crystal
Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter reflects on the fragile situation in Haiti three months after the earthquake. It describes the misery that engulfed Port-au-Prince and other parts of the country, and how anxiety was aggravated by the aftershocks. It also considers how homelessness played out in all kinds of ways and discusses loss of housing as the primary preoccupation of most Haitians, noting that even those who had homes didn't enter them, let alone sleep in them, because they were too structurally damaged or due to fear of the next aftershock. It suggests that the Haitians were disgusted at the government for its negligence and at the international community for its advantage-taking in the wake of the calamity.

Keywords:   earthquake, Port-au-Prince, aftershocks, housing, Haiti, homelessness, international community

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