Haiti’s disappearing treasure

Emily Cavan
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Emily Cavan is a freelance writer and public health adviser. For the last 4 years, she has worked throughout Haiti and Rwanda. She writes about human rights – particularly women’s rights – and justice reform, along with whatever else inspires.

…Yes, the Gingerbread houses should be preserved (I am a lovesick fool for them) but so should the homes that have served so many of Haiti’s lower classes through the last century. The charm of an old building is in its having survived and lived and witnessed; not in the economic class of who once lived there. Plus, at this point, all the old wood looks pretty much the same.

1) Just after the earthquake, the World Monuments Fund conducted a damage assessment of the gingerbread houses around the country (http://www.wmf.org/project/gingerbread-houses)

2) A slideshow and article about the Gingerbread houses and preservation efforts (http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2011/06/110601-Haiti-Gingerbread.asp)

3) A Time Magazine photo essay about the Gingerbread houses (http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2004148_2166288,00.html)

And below: photos of a few of the non-Gingerbread houses that make my heart sing.

Read more here: http://emilycavan.blogspot.com/2011/06/gingerbread-and-canon-balls-haitis.html


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