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Haiti: Earthquake Survivors Deal With Grief

BY Joanne Elgart Jennings  February 25, 2010 at 12:15 PM EDT

Like many Haitians, Bazile is too busy trying to make ends meet to stop and tend to his own overwhelming grief.

We first met Bazile at the Plaza Hotel in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. He was working for a German television station as a “fixer” or local contact. One afternoon, during a break, he sat down to tell his story of what happened the day of the earthquake. Talking about it was part of the healing process, he said.

Bazile is now working on contract as an interpreter for the non-profit Cooperative Housing Foundation. He’s planning a memorial service for his wife and children on May 31 in her home town of Cap Haitien.