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Haiti: HOMELESS CAMPING IN MISSIONARIES' GARDEN

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About a thousand Port-au-Prince residents have set up a veritable makeshift campsite in the garden of the home of the missionaries of the congregation of the Chierici of Saint Viatore, 'Villa Manrèse', or also known as the house for travelers located on the southern hills over the capital, devastated by the January 12 earthquake. The structure has largely collapsed killing three employees and a lay missionary from France, Marie-Cécile Dumontie, who worked with the missionaries as the congregation itself has advised MISNA. "We are all outside, camped out, we are making ties but food and water are running out," writes father Duchelande. Just as is the case for Villa Manrèse, other missionary sructures, those less hitm are receiving the homeless and are offering aid and such. With great sadness, MISNA has learned of the death of a monk of the Christian Instruction, brother Joseph Bergot, French, and the disappearance under the rubble of his fellow brother Dominique Baron. The friars of the Christian Schools, yet another of the many congregations in Haiti, are all well. However, there is little news of the Barefoot Carmelite nuns, even as MISNA endures the sad news of the death of brother Desravines, of the Little Brothers of Saint Therese, as well as a nun called Cristine, from the famous Nuns of Wisdom congregation, while, during the collapse of the cathedral, the members of the choir were killed while they were practicing. In Leogane, the town next door to Port-au-Prince on the southbound road, which was badly hit by the quake though still ignored by the aid effort, 100 children are said to have died under the rubble of a school. [AB]