Quake Victims Find Creative Ways to Express Pain

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- While the Jan. 11 earthquake has taken a physical toll on the people of Haiti, the quake has also changed many of them emotionally.

Some have found creative ways to express their pain.

Hungry and Hurting

Just 30 miles from the tranquil town of Fond Parisien, a line of people squeezed in to hold their spots in the long line for food.

Touched by the people's physical and emotional wounds, some Hollywood artists have stepped in to help them heal.

"I came in a week ago with Sean Penn and twelve doctors from New York," said Allison Thompson, a nurse embedded with the 82nd Airborne Division.

She toured the camp looking to help those, who still need medical attention.

"People can't get up to the hospital in the main areas," Allison explained. "They're sitting there rotting. Yesterday we found two broken bones, pelvis bones. We had about 16 broken arms and legs, even just in here."

In better days the Patientville Club was green and filled with the nation wealthy, coming to play a good round of golf. Now, some 50,000 tents are here, filled with the country poor - each with a very sad story.

Painting God's Hand of Blessing

Still, there is hope under one tent where Louissant Billistin has become the tent city's preacher. Even his tent has message.

"Everywhere I go I want to preach for Jesus," Louissant said. "My mission is to preach for Jesus. I am a man of God."

He is also an artist inspired by the earthquake to paint a picture - a painting to show God's hand of blessing even in the middle of a massive earthquake.

"Oh, Jesus help me," Louissant prayed. "Help my family. My mother is here, my sister. They don't die. Me too, I don't die."

Life means there is more work to do to pass along that hope to Haiti's children -- some who are already learning to worship.

*Originally published February 4, 2010.

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