The banner outside the St. Therese church in downtown Port-au-Prince translated as: “Include older people in the reconstruction. They know how the country was.”Beneath it, almost 700 older people were singing hymns, dancing and carrying baskets of cabbages, bananas, pumpkins and plantains to symbolise the wisdom of traditional knowledge in agricultural production.After the service, they marched en masse to the nearby United Nations Park to demonstrate for better support from the government in the wake of a disaster that has affected young and old alike.Up front and holding a banner was Rose Ornilia Adne, 55. She was there on International Older People’s Day to represent more than 100 elderly people in her care in “Block 8” of the Tapis Rouge camp in southern Port-au-Prince, where she lives in a shack with her husband and five sons.
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