Four Years and a Day: Remembering the Victims of Haiti’s Earthquake | Leah Stern

In Haitian Vodou tradition, the souls of the recently deceased slip into rivers and streams and remain there for a year and a day. Then, lured by prayers and song, they reemerge and their spirits are reborn. These souls are then reincarnated as trees, mountain tops, clouds and other natural phenomena.

By this measure, more than 200,000 souls should have gone anba dlo (\”under water\”), following the 7.0 scale earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Instead, these bodies went somewhere else. Corpses were discovered under the rubble of homes and churches and schools and dumped into mass graves. Many were also burned out of fear that they would infect the living. via | Leah Stern


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