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Haitians assault cholera body collectors

Nov. 21, 2010 at 4:02 PM

CARREFOUR, Haiti, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Angry Haitians captured and beat a crew gathering the bodies of cholera victims, the team's leader said.

``I really thought they were going to kill me,'' Rochefort St.-Louis, head of a government body collection team, told The Miami Herald after he was eventually freed Saturday.

St.-Louis, 30, said he kept working after attack, taking 13 corpses to a mass grave near the city of Cabaret.

``I was afraid to lose the job,'' he said. ``This is my first job.''

St.-Louis and his team had already picked up one body when they entered a neighborhood in Carrefour. Three foreign photojournalists and their driver were following to document the work on film.

``Residents confronted the truck with the body and said we don't want your cholera here,'' said Lee Celano, a freelance photographer. He was hurt by glass shards when the crowd broke the car's windows.

"It just shows how there is a strong amount of paranoia over cholera here and how they are completely irrational about it,'' he said.

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