Haiti Mass Graves One Year LaterJanuary 12, 2011 - 8:50 AM | by: Kathleen Foster
Two Haitian teenagers wearing surgical masks led us up a winding dirt road on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince to a freshly dug mass grave.
It was long and narrow but deep, about the size and shape of a double-decker bus, and ready to receive bodies. The open pit is part of a massive mass grave, the only part not yet filled. A long rectangle of upturned earth, about half the length of a football field, marks where an unknown number of unknown people are already underground.
This grave is not for bodies still being pulled from the rubble after last year’s earthquake in Haiti. Those are starting to blend in with the countryside, just over the hill in Titanyen. This spot is the final resting place the victims of Haiti’s latest crisis: cholera.
Those living nearby don’t want it their backyard. Jean-Hubert Pierre’s goats graze on this land. He fears for his health.
“I come here every day and I think smell, it’s no good for me. It can affect my brain,” he tells us.
Due to fears like this, the Haitian government tries to keep the location of mass graves for Cholera secret. Once discovered by the locals, the graves are quickly filled in and a new one is dug somewhere else.
According to the United Nations, more than 3,600 Haitians have died from Cholera since the first case was confirmed in October.