When it rains at night in these distant #Haitian mountains, the people flee what homes they have left. They race down hills threaded with stones and ragged palm branches to find shelter in this cave carved into the hillside, the only sanctuary left after the storm. It is a holy place now, having saved hundreds of villagers during the worst of Hurricane Matthew. For 4 days and nights, the people huddled in its womb before emerging, frightened the hurricane might return. They slept on a floor of stacked boulders near the cave’s mouth, lighting small fires for warmth and light. Now, schools and hospitals are overflowing with the displaced, people whose homes are so gutted that leaving them makes more sense than staying. Where there is no shelter, residents are stripped to bare survival and forced to find their own way, even in caves. @meridithkohut photographed Lithome Saint-Mesyeux, wearing a white hat, as returned to the place where he and his family — 6 children — sought refuge during #HurricaneMatthew.
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