‘In the dark, praises to God’

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‘In the dark, praises to God’

Local churches witness triumphs, tragedies of recovery
Tent cities like this one sprung up across Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. Many have yet to be replaced by permanent homes. In a letter to friends and supporters Wednesday, Gersan Valcin, pastor of Eglise de la Communante Evangelique d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, recognized the many still without homes. “We remember the many dead today, but we know that life is about the living. We pray for a greater solidarity for those that are still under the tents and for the country as it’s recovering from cholera,” he wrote.
A building in Port-au-Prince that crumbled when the earthquake’s tremors shook the city looks identical to hundreds of others across the city. Even months after the earthquake, corpses remained trapped in many of the collapsed buildings around the country, Don Ricedorff said. For many families, it was impossible to get closure with loved ones because their bodies never were recovered, he said.
The view looking down on Port-au-Prince from one of the hills above the city.

‘In the dark, praises to God’

Tent cities like this one sprung up across Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. Many have yet to be replaced by permanent homes. In a letter to friends and supporters Wednesday, Gersan Valcin, pastor of Eglise de la Communante Evangelique d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, recognized the many still without homes. “We remember the many dead today, but we know that life is about the living. We pray for a greater solidarity for those that are still under the tents and for the country as it’s recovering from cholera,” he wrote.
A building in Port-au-Prince that crumbled when the earthquake’s tremors shook the city looks identical to hundreds of others across the city. Even months after the earthquake, corpses remained trapped in many of the collapsed buildings around the country, Don Ricedorff said. For many families, it was impossible to get closure with loved ones because their bodies never were recovered, he said.
The view looking down on Port-au-Prince from one of the hills above the city.
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