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Photographer: B. D. Colen
Title: Haiti and the Deception of Color
Location: Haiti
  

That portion of the Haitian landscape that hasn't been destroyed by centuries of clear cutting, soil erosion and run off, offers some of the most beautiful vistas anywhere on earth. This African nation dropped from the sky into the Caribbean Sea has a coastline with gorgeous beaches, and mountain ranges soaring to more than 8,200 feet. As this image of a moment observed on Haiti's Central Plateau demonstrates, this truly is a land of "mountains beyond mountains." Of course what this scenic image does not show is that the Central Plateau is one of the two poorest regions in Haiti, a land in which 80 percent of the people live below the poverty line, and almost 55 percent live in what is considered to be "abject poverty."

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