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In devastated Haitian city, a body as envoy of peace

 

The many other bodies in the Haitian city of Gonaives were important too, the bloated and decomposing flood victims, not to mention the people who survived the storms -- the ones with broken bones, the tuberculosis case in the crowded prison, the homeless and the hungry. But Max Cosci was there on a special mission: recovering Lionel Augustin's body and sending it back to his home village could prevent a riot.
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