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Cholera victims line newly dug mass graves

CBC News has visited Haiti's newest mass grave, a sorrowful pit filled with stench, flies and the bodies of cholera victims. The freshly dug hole lies in a field north of the capital, Port-au-Prince, just a few hundred metres from another, larger mass grave filled with thousands of bodies of earthquake victims.

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CBC News has visited Haiti's newest mass grave, a sorrowful pit filled with stench, flies and the bodies of cholera victims.

The freshly dug hole lies in a field north of the capital, Port-au-Prince, just a few hundred metres from another, larger mass grave filled with thousands of bodies of earthquake victims.

Now, privately-run morgues and graveyards are refusing to accept cholera victims and there's nowhere else for them to go. So they're dumped here, unceremoniously, in white plastic bags to keep their infectious bodily fluids from spreading.

Here's some of the images from the site:


A view of the freshly dug grave, where some 25 to 30 bodies have already been buried. The fact that the grave has not yet been covered over likely means more bodies are expected. ((Paul Hunter/CBC))


Bodies are wrapped up in white bags. ((Paul Hunter/CBC))


A surgical glove lies in the field nearby. ((Paul Hunter/CBC))


Multiple bodies have been piled into the grave. ((Paul Hunter/CBC))


A human bone sticks out of the earth. ((Paul Hunter/CBC))


A discarded surgical mask lies in the dirt. ((Paul Hunter/CBC))

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