Tuesday, February 02, 2010

At a Haiti school's reopening, a lesson in sharing

Etienne Louis, 7, left, and his brother Samuel, 5, try to listen to their teacher despite an argument in the courtyard of Plein Soleil school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Times reports a school reopening in Haiti:

At a Haiti school's reopening, a lesson in sharing

By Mitchell Landsberg
February 2, 2010

...In the yard, after having made the deal with the police officer, the squatters still grumbled.

Some said that Vaillaud, a retired petroleum engineer who had followed his wife to Haiti when she fell in love with the country and its art, was a racist.

"He's a French guy," reasoned one woman. "An American never would have done this to us."

But then Vaillaud made them yet another offer: For one week, he said, they could stay in the yard from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. But if all goes well, he added, he'll extend that offer to future weeks. The people agreed...

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