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Howard Thurman

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dye mon, gen mon (A Haitian proverb meaning Mountains beyond Mountains)

Haiti is a land of great beauty and of suffering.  Centuries of relative isolation have produced one of the world's poorest countries, yet one of its richest cultures.  We experience it all as we hiked above Port au Prince yesterday.   Beautiful mountains, lush plants and amazing people with great spirit.  We tried to capture it in photos.... the farmers on the sides of the mountains planting new crops, the women and children bringing their carrots, peaches, onions and potatoes to market, occasional small market stands, a 3 year old washing clothes and even three people carrying their Sunday best shirts fresh from the dry cleaner.  The main trail is 10 miles from the point where you have to park your vehicle because the road is not passable except on foot to the National Park with one of two remaining forests left in Haiti.  People live and farm along the way with many of them walking the entire way with their produce nearly every day.   


 Planting new crops.  You can see the rows growing below.

Al practicing his Kreyol

          Boys bringing their families' vegetables to the market.


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