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24612: kathleen (comment) riding on tractors, waving to the Nepalese
kathleen burke <email@example.com>
Usually, I catch a ride to Hinche on a moto or machine, but today, after
discussing my problem with EDH with the guys at MPP (they agreed with me
that the guys from Teleco and EDH have replaced the section chefs), I was
offered a more comfortable ride on the tractor (foam cushion, male companion
to help hold me in) that they last time, and was I glad!!! So many of the
Haitians we passed on the road waved and smiled at the white haired blan
sitting in her dress sedately on the back of a John Deere. The warm
response and the countryside remind me of why I am in Haiti (I always am
At the kalfou, things became even more interesting, as the smiling wavers
became not Haitians, but armed Nepalese U.N. soldiers. It's Saturday!!!
They are searching for weapons both coming and going to/from Papay and the
North. They seemed to enjoy the spectacle (I am making of myself without
embarassment) as much as the Haitians. I want to get out of here soon, go
back and take photos.
At the cybercafe were the two beautiful young women, Cuban doctors who are
working at the hospital in Hinche, and a Pakistani woman who works with the
U.N. She agreed that "Haiti grows on you."
Always, people are nonplussed when I tell them I am here on my own - I may
have to start making something up!!!
Gotta catch those photoops!!! Bassin Zim tomorrow, at last. Kathleen