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Haitians make do with what's left

By Moni Basu, CNN
People living in the camps of Haiti are surviving with whatever they can acquire.
People living in the camps of Haiti are surviving with whatever they can acquire.
  • Haiti makeshift camps are starting to function like mini cities
  • Citizens are digging out their belongings and what they need out of the rubble
  • Everything from turquoise hand-crocheted lace to Mazola oil seen recently at camp
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Leogane, Haiti (CNN) -- More than three weeks after Haiti's devastating earthquake, many of the makeshift camps housing thousands are starting to function as mini cities.

Small markets have blossomed. Some camps have even designated mayors and security personnel.

But in others, life still looks as it did days after the January 12 quake. People have only what they dug out of the rubble with their bare hands or acquired somehow else for survival.

Recently seen along a row of tents in a camp in Leogane was this hodgepodge of life before and after:

Turquoise hand-crocheted lace

Mazola oil

Ceramic jar that says: "Fresh Cookies"

Propane stove

Barbie doll

A black rhinestone Bebe T-shirt

Boxes of "Gourmet" spaghetti

Bicycle chain

John McCain bumper sticker

NFL towel

Teddy bear

Set of disposable stacked plastic bowls

Amplifiers and scavenging pigs

Box of dog biscuits

Aluminum cooking utensil set

32-ounce cans of tomato sauce

Cotton squares

Peppermint green

Clarins makeup bag

Plastic baby bottle

Jeans turned inside out to dry

Yellow flip flops

Pen and ink drawing of a woman

USAID bag of rice

Evaporated milk

Red roll-aboard luggage


Wood-framed photograph

Bausch and Lomb soft contact lens case

Compaq computer monitor

Frayed Haitian flag


Travel-size SPF 30 sunblock


One dust-laden Converse hightop -- hard to tell what color