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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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We’ve Lost the Battle, but We Haven’t Lost the War

We’ve Lost the Battle, but We Haven’t Lost the War

(Tales from Six Months Out)

(p.112) 13 We’ve Lost the Battle, but We Haven’t Lost the War
Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how things were in Haiti six months after the earthquake. In some ways, everything had changed, while in many ways Haiti remained the same. The political class was still apathetic in the face of desperate citizens' needs. Political protests had stopped at the start of the World Cup because people suddenly had more important things to do. Another thing about the conclusion of the World Cup, which saw Argentina fail to reach the finals: the electricity that had been guaranteed during the past month to power the TVs would become irregular again. Everywhere the topic of conversations was the earthquake. Many of the horror stories about the disaster had evolved into dramatic tales, complete with humor. Grassroots organizations met continually to develop their strategies for political change, while demonstrators regularly took to the streets. This chapter concludes by quoting a supporter of Argentina in the World Cup: “We've lost the battle, but we haven't lost the war.”

Keywords:   earthquake, Haiti, World Cup, electricity, grassroots organizations, demonstrators, Argentina

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