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In flooded Haitian city, `Every home is a shelter’

Posted on Thu, Sep. 11, 2008

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A woman reacts as flood victims line up to received food from UN peacekeepers in Gonaives, Haiti, Thursday

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A woman reacts as flood victims line up to received food from UN peacekeepers in Gonaives, Haiti, Thursday

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GONAIVES, Haiti —

In a cathedral surrounded by mud and flood waters, the 34-year-old motorcycle taxi driver shivers on a pew, wrapped in a sheet and delirious from fever.

He struggles to remember the names of his four children, one of whom died when two storms submerged Gonaives and the villages around it in vile muck.

That was 10 days ago. Since then, Avel’Homme Latortue’s home has been the dank choir gallery of St. Charles Borromee Cathedral, on a plaza across from a prison. Inside, the air is stale with sweat, the pews covered with the muddy clothes of 500 people with little food or water, and with nowhere to go.

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