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A Close-Up View Inside Port-au-Prince

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Cheryl Reed

I'm senior editor for publications at the Unversity of Chicago Medical Center and I'm following a team of doctors, nurses and physical therapists to the field hospital we help run outside of Port-au-Prince.

Downtown Port-au-Prince is a scene of rebuilding and violence. While some parts of the city are returning to a "normal" existence with vendors selling their wares next to the piles of rubble, other areas remain unsafe. The downtown area, where most of the destruction occurred, is unstable. On Wednesday, two bodies were discovered in the market area. They had been beaten to death and left in the middle of a crowded intersection in the middle of the morning. Haitian police told me: "No one see anything in Haiti because they are too afraid."

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