Haiti’s cultural core suffers in Jacmel

by admin | January 21st, 2010

Jacmel, Haiti (Courtesy of CNN)  By Soledad O’Brien and Rose Arce, CNN  January 20, 2010 9:28 a.m. EST

Much was lost in the town of Jacmel, Haiti’s cultural center.

The nation’s only film school has lost two buildings. The huge, colorful paper mache floats for Carnival, just 10 days away, are crushed. The mountains of sheet music for the classes at Ecole Musique are scattered in the rubble of a street named La Berenthe, the labyrinth. It’s estimated 10 percent of the town’s residents have perished.

And with them they took a country’s film festival, its music studios, the paintings and masks that draw tourists and Haitians to this seaside town of 40,000.

Left behind are crushed limbs and brain injuries, nursed in an open-air hospital that replaced the real one. Cuban doctors had been working with Haitians when the earthquake hit, and they have continued their collaboration outside.

“Where there is life, there is hope,” says Dr. Silda Del Torro of Cuba while standing over a 4-year-old girl who has drifted in and out of consciousness.

Click here to read rest of the article courtesy of CNN http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/19/obrien.haiti.jacmel/index.html


  • Jacmel, seaside town of 40,000 about hour from Port-au-Prince, is Haiti’s cultural capital
  • An estimated 10 percent of the town’s residents were killed in the quake
  • The town has also lost its cultural buildings, paintings and masks that drew tourists
  • Young filmmakers put skills to work, get the word out of Jacmel’s plight

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