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A young girl suffering from symptoms of cholera is given fluids when she arrives at a Canadian Medecins du Monde clinic in the Citi Solei area of the capital. More than 2,000 people have died of cholera in Haiti. Efforts to educate Haitians about the outbreak are beginning to work and many are seeking medical help earlier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Two men suffering from cholera rest while receiving treatment at an emergency cholera clinic run by Samaritan's Purse outside Cabaret, Haiti. Despite the work of aid organizations, more than 89,000 Haitians have been sickened so far.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Antonio Feneliste sits with the body of Wisley Jean Charles, 60, who died of cholera in a remote mountain village. A lantern burns in the corner, so the dead man’s spirit can see through the darkness. About 89,000 people have been sickened with cholera and more than 2,000 people have died, United Nations officials say, and they expect the death toll to rise considerably.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Osialine Dorcely, center, mourns her husband, Wisley Jean Charles, 60, who died of cholera in the remote mountain village of Bwaneufe. Charles died so suddenly that Dorcely didn't have time to call for help or to get transportation to the nearest hospital, three hours to the south.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Overwhelmed by grief, Profita LaGuerre is carried to the home of Wisley Jean Charles, who died of cholera in a remote mountain village where there is no doctor or proper medicine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A girl holds her hand under a dry spigot at a camp for earthquake refugees in Port-au-Prince. Contaminated water is a leading cause of illness in Haiti, which has the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

The body of cholera victim Charite Desire is prepared for removal by city workers in downtown Port-au-Prince. Her body and the area are sprayed with a chorine solution.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

The children of Charite Desire, who died of cholera, are left without a mother.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

The body of a young cholera victim is removed from a hospital in Port-au-Prince. The young and elderly are more likely to fall victim to cholera.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Women pray for their sick family members at a hospital in the town of Gonaives. Experts don't know how long the cholera epidemic will continue in Haiti, but some progress is being made to combat the sickness.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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By Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times

High in Haiti’s Saint Nicolas Mountains, six hours north of Port-au-Prince, the sky is a brilliant blue, and residents in the village of Bwaneufe live off the land with food to spare. There is no TV, radio or cellphone service, and a trail that serves as a road is just a rocky riverbed.
Now the pristine remoteness of the village has become a deadly liability.
In the last month, at least 24 people in this high-desert valley have died of cholera, victims of a Haitian epidemic that has taken more than 2,000 lives, with the toll expected to rise. Wisley Jean Charles, 60, died so suddenly that his wife, Osialine Dorcely, was unable to get a call out for help or find transport to the nearest hospital three hours away. to the south. Charles, who worked as a farmer and part-time tailor, died in his wife’s arms.
“Are you leaving me now? Are you leaving me?” Osialine, 50, said, as she mourned with family members.
The couple, married for 34 years, raised six boys and six girls. Most of the children left to find jobs but have returned, up rocky paths, as word spread of their father’s death.
In his final moments, Charles still had work on his mind, instructing his wife to return excess stitching material for orders he would never be able to complete.

Earlier this year Cole returned to Haiti to follow up on several subjects she photographed during the January earthquake for the series Haiti: Living in Limbo:

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1 Comment

  1. December 19, 2010, 6:09 pm

    hello brother and sister haiti strike cholera please longtime et go bad sick worsen in haiti please help haiti weneed m contry medicament

    By: jeandanielmilie

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