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Between camp victims and the ruins of his cathedral, Haiti celebrates Easter

Haiti: Sitting on the rubble of the cathedral in Port-au-Prince or tightened under the tarp protecting the altar accommodation just yards from a camp victims, thousands of Haitians attended Sunday Mass on Easter marked the memory of the January 12 earthquake.
The religious building which was ravaged by the earthquake, which killed including the archbishop of the capital Archbishop Serge Miot, Easter mass was held in the garden of the church in the heart of downtown devastated.

Only the pink facade of the building - and a rosette in the center of the window with a Jesus seemed to contemplate the disaster - is still standing.

And to keep the sun the clergy, choir and a few faithful, a large plastic sheet flanked logo "USAID, the U.S. development agency, has been hung above the altar.

"This year we celebrate the resurrection with simplicity," to launch the new Catholic archbishop, Monsignor Joseph Lafontant, who says Mass alternately in French and Creole.

Out of pedophilia cases that are shaking the Vatican, the church welcomes "after the earthquake, the Haitian people (have) kept the faith." "You are like the survivors, as survivors," he adds, before a crowd Sunday best.

Country pious, Haiti has suspended much of its activities since Thursday night, including within international organizations responsible for reconstruction, to allow Christians to meditate.

"It's different today because there are a lot of us who are not there, which are unfortunately gone," told AFP mirrin Bichemond, 19 years.

The earthquake that killed at least 230,000 dead "is a natural disaster, we have no choice, we must accept," resigned the girl who is studying at school, admitting that in her view, the salvation of Haiti goes "by God ... and the international community".

"We hope through God that neighboring countries will help us rebuild the cathedral," said Jean-Daniel Michelet, 23, a large silver crucifix hanging around his neck.

Despite his faith "unshakable", the young man admits his despair. "We young people, we have no future." His mother died during the disaster and he finds himself without income, have to raise his little brother six years in a camp in the center of the Haitian capital.

Below the religious ceremony, the peacekeepers patrolling a street where small vendors abound among ruined houses and a camp surrounded by barbed wire disaster.

Many of the homeless camp came to mass. Others, like Eddy Charles, remain outside the gates of the cathedral. "Not pretty," said the teenager showing his shirt rumpled. "But we believe in God," says her friend Sydney's Picari, amputated right leg.

Jean-Daniel Michelet, "God is everything for us, because we are poor"

Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
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