Well, it looks like people really liked last week’s video blog!  Apparently nobody was too put off by the lack of CGI, Michael Bay inspired explosions, or, come to think of it, even rudimentary video editing.

This week I take you into the heart of Dadadou, the Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camp that I have been living in for the last week and a half.  You get to meet some of the Dazma family, see where I’ve been sleeping and get a sense of just how crowded the place actually is…

I filmed this at about 6:30 in the morning, right after waking up, so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m looking a little gross.  After a long, wet night in our leaky tent, I was a bit groggy.

One other thing to note.  Today’s video is in HD.  Just click the HD button at the bottom of the video to see it in all its 720p glory!  I’ll do my best to make all the vlibleogs (wedeogs?) HD, but it won’t always be easy with the internet connections I’m working with (this one took more than two hours to upload… good thing we never lost power!).

Episode 2 Footnotes

• Yes, I called it a “football stadium.” I’m usually pretty good at re-contextualizing things back to U.S. standards (it’s called soccer!), but hey… give me a break. :)
• I don’t know much Creole, but I try to use what I know. What I was saying was “Bonjou!” (“Good morning”) and “Como ou ye?” (“How are you?”).
• Kenchise is my favorite (the one emptying out the stove). Probably one of the sweetest people in the world! Always ready with a smile.
• I’ll be including a picture of Dazma working in his tailor shop in a future article.
• My sister thinks I need a Walter Cronkite-esque sign off (apparently “well, that’s it for now” just doesn’t have the power of “and that’s the way it is.”). Any ideas?

Stay tuned for next week’s episode!

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Chuck Easton said... 


    September 15th, 2010 at 7:39 am  

    Barry – WOW, these video blogs are absolutely incredible. I sense, God is going to use your eyewitness stories of Haiti to engage many of us in His kingdom work around the world. Video is an incredible tool to bring me there and allow the sights and smells to make an indelible mark on my heart. May we all have the courage to respond in the way HE desires!

  2. Shelli said... 


    September 15th, 2010 at 8:48 am  

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I LOVE the videos… keep them coming! If you get a chance before you leave, can you video or shoot a few pics of the Chambrun campus and our house?! I really want to show the girls and I don’t have any pics or anything to show them where we will be living.

    In a side note:
    Sydney asked me yesterday if you were still in Haiti, because she wanted to invite you to her birthday party. It was so cute.

    Anyway- for a sign off, how about “thats the world as i see it, anybody want a peanut?”…. Ok, maybe not. How about something simple like “Bonswa (or goodbye in the language of the country you are in) , from the World Next Door”

  3. Rob said... 


    September 15th, 2010 at 1:39 pm  

    Such incredible living conditions. Wow. Thanks for letting us see with eyes and heart.

    Sign off ideas: “so there you have it”

  4. Jim M said... 


    September 15th, 2010 at 9:04 pm  

    Very intimate Barry, eight months of living in that way, patience in suffering… beyond imagination for most of us. Safe travels homeward.

    Sign off of the WND Blogvideo:

    Friends, this is very real…until next time Peace.


  5. jeff mclaughlin said... 


    September 19th, 2010 at 3:12 pm  

    Barry, Thanks for much for sharing. I was moved by what you shared at Grace this morning as well -especially that part about hospitality. Thank you for serving the role that you do.

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