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Bodies Pile Up Outside Haitian Morgue

Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:43 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — With chilling regularity, a pickup truck from the Haitian police or a taxi driver with a station wagon pulled up to deliver more bodies to the morgue. Flies buzzed on many of the bodies. Civil servants unloaded the cargo, their expressions hidden by white surgical masks.

Hundreds of bodies, those of adults and children alike, were already piled outside the morgue, bloated under the blazing sun. Relatives picked their way around them trying to find the missing, trying to block out the putrid smell.

“They took away my daughter, finally,” said one stunned man, Roilin Élysée, 58, who had watched men in a Nissan pickup with the word “Police” painted on its side collect her body from in front of the French Embassy on Thursday. “I do not know what is next for her body.”

For many Haitians like Mr. Élysée, it was better not to think about what lay ahead.

“I’m trying to find my brother,” one dazed man said as he stared at the pile of bodies. “Brother!” he cried a few times.

No one answered him.

A man dressed in white wandered among the onlookers, repeatedly shouting into a loudspeaker, “God is coming back!”

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