Songs From A Tent Camp

Jul 15, 2010

While I was reporting on the earthquake in Haiti, I was often taken aback by people singing. Walking down the street, a nun stretched her palms to the sky and seemed to be singing a question to the heavens.  And on my last night in Port-au-Prince, I recorded quake survivors singing at 3 a.m., as they danced around a tent camp– no toilets, no air conditioning, little food– singing.

In this audio extra, Rev. Reginald Jean-Mary of the Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti listens to that recording and responds.  He translates the songs, and then finds himself… singing.

“Lift your feet,” the song says. “Don’t stay on the floor crying.”