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In the "House of Hope" orphanage, where the main diet consists of bread and sweet punch twice a day, you either must bake your own bread or you will starve. The price of baked bread has skyrocket and the orphanage can no longer afford to buy bread for nearly two hundred children.

Children in the darkness of the night, wearing no protective gear, help in baking the bread, with few pieces of precious firewood. While the youth in US, a short shuttle flight off the Port-Au-Prince Airport, enjoy their nightly Sitcoms and workout to shed the much excess weight, the emaciated Haitian Orphans are in throes of baking so they may survive another day and indeed they are considered the few lucky Haitian children who can afford bread on daily basis.

Some days there is no bread, either because the water was not available or there was no firewood or no flour. Each serving consists of two small buns of bread with a warm sweet drink served only at dinner as a special treat. (If there was sugar)

These children do not comprehend the foreign policies of White House nor they can fathom what transpired in Haitian history nor understand the senseless animosity of the wealthy Haitians and so far as they are concerned either that oven heats up this night or tomorrow is a very hard day.

The Sufis, eye-witnessing the brutalities against the Haitian children humming unisonous with their melancholy, moaning for the loss of That Beloved:

Why couldn’t this trip’s terse & lamented poem
        Had no last verse?
Why couldn’t this wasted life of yours & mine
        Had no last breath?

The last of this poem
The end of my voyage

And the final moment & last breath
That moment of capricious arrival

Background: Orphanage in Gressier, Leogane Haiti, March 2005. If you care to help DIRECTLY please call the director of the orphanage Alice Barthole in US: 845-425-5611, Haiti: 011-509-413-1779, 011-509-246-1224. Children’s names: Top: Omanes Celés, Bottom: from left Exilus Gesner, Laurant Ely and Genesté Osmane.

© 2005-2002,  Dara O. Shayda