At the moment there is electricity and an Internet signal. While preparing food for the dogs and cat at 6am, I was able to access the Scorpions in concert on YouTube-- 'Moment of Glory' and 'Winds of Change' with the Berlin Philharmonic. Listening to Klaus Meine - an auspicious start to the new year - it doesn't get much better.
Sounds of Independence Day celebrations, which began Thursday, have not lost any energy. Unfortunately the new punctuation for any activity in our area (katye) is gunfire (tire ak bal). Instead of a night time phenomenon, it has become an around the clock occurrence. Twice this week staff stayed late, because of the proximity and frequency mid-afternoon. Monday morning on their way to work, Joceline and Rosema passed the body of a young man one street above us in front of EDH (Electrique d'Haiti). Police were on the scene. Apparently he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Anger continues to simmer around broken promises of definitive election results. Now scheduled for Jan. 5th, the potential for violence could keep schools from reopening. We're told schools will open perhaps Monday the 3rd.
As well we are seeing an escalation in drug/ alcohol use in the general population. On several recent occasions we have been approached while in the truck by someone obviously high on something demanding money. Staff have been stopped in the street. They also tell of street kids now into sniffing thinner (tine). If ever there was a time to not only stay the course but increase efforts it is now. Hand delivered letters with stories of tragedy, hope and potential continue to arrive daily from students seeking 'soutyen'.
On the good news front, after a two week drought, gasoline arrived in the country. Our generator which pumps water from well to house is gas driven, so it was an exceptionally critical period for us.
|Lines for gasoline were long and frustration was evident. Patience was thin.|
|Wisly, Gaby and Alland checking Kolera stats|
|Edwina reads Le Nouvelliste|
|Sherlyne and sister Edwige's shoes|