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very unpredictable. This is not the first place I have brought soap to.


We went back the next day with more soap and soccer balls. That became the rest of my week with Jimmy; soap, soccer balls, one tent city after another. He probably thought I was nuts. I didn’t know what else to do. All I had was my backpack and a camera.


I know that incredible amounts of money went to aid the good people of Haiti. I saw lots of NGOs there and work is still being done. That being said, parts of downtown Port Au Prince looked like they had been rocketed. The force of the quake literally shook some buildings into rubble.


The tent cities have become what looks like permanent housing. Children are being conceived and born in the tents.


At an orphanage three hours north of Port Au Prince, I played with the children and took photos. One little boy seemed to be almost catatonic. I saw this in children abducted by the LRA in Uganda last year. The boy looked right through my lens and through me. I will never forget that as long as I live.


The lasting quote that really made me think was from a man who was standing in front of a massive church in Port Au Prince that had been destroyed by the quake. He was furious. He was yelling for several minutes on end at a statue of Christ. At one point, he screamed one thing over and over.


I asked Jimmy what the man was saying. Jimmy said that the man was angry at Christ and that he was repeating:


“The Judge is guilty.”


Almost all humans who can form a sentence will eventually let you in on the fact that their lives are very difficult and sometimes very hard to manage. From those who agonize that they may no longer be able to write off their private jet to those who don’t feel like making the 3-mile hike to the well to get water and carry it back, everyone struggles. What you do for yourself is one thing. What you do for others is something else entirely. That’s it.


HENRY ROLLINS is a GRAMMY-winning musician, human-rights activist, spoken- word poet, blogger, filmmaker, and radio show host. Rollins joined the Southern California band Black Flag as vocalist in 1981. Upon the demise of the legendary rock group, he formed Rollins Band and has been making records and touring the world ever since. Beyond taking the stage as a musician, Henry does speaking tours all over the globe, and along with the band dates, has averaged more than one hundred shows a year for 28 years.


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