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  • It is eight AM exactly.

    To my left, a troupe of smartly dressed brass band members appear- joining the troupe of soldiers standing in formation in front of the Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince.

    American political cartoonist Matt Bors and the Dutch editorial cartoonist Tjeerd Royaards and I watched in disbelief through the green gate as the brightly colored flag is hoisted above the remainders of the palace.

    Shortly after the earthquake of 2010, the raising of the flag must have been and act of defiance for the Haitian people. But 1.5 years on, with rows of tents behind us and the glaring lack of basics, the ritual seems utterly surreal.
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