Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In Haiti, Rebuilding Takes a World Cup Break

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (June 16) -- Unlike his friends, Jonas Barthelemy, 12, doesn't have a dollar to spare for any Brazil soccer merchandise. Nonetheless, in this country of die-hard Brazil fans, a "fanatik's" accoutrement is not necessary.

He sports a dirty, sleeveless undershirt and even dirtier shorts. He hasn't been back to school since the earthquake, which will give him plenty of time this month to catch all the World Cup matches that screen three times a day at the Stade Sylvio Cator, Haiti's national stadium.

Outside the stadium, Jonas stops briefly for an interview. He throws one hand on his hip and with the casual insistence of a grown man declares, "Basically, I've been a Brazil fan ever since I was a kid."

"So how many years, is that, exactly?"

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