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Haiti - Three years later.

Giles Clarke | Haiti

The epicenter of the 2010 earthquake was in Léogâne, 20 miles to the west of Port-au-Prince. Over 90% of the town was destroyed and some 25,000 people lost their lives. Many survivors were treated on hospital ships that moored just off the coast in those first frantic few days following the quake.
The UN and many international aid agencies are still actively helping the people rebuild their homes and lives though many of the town's surviving residents will never sleep in stone buildings again and now camp in tents and makeshift houses behind the dilapidated ruins of the few remaining buildings.

 On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake hit Haiti, killing over 230,000 people, injuring many more, and leaving 1.5 million homeless. Although the media has since moved on for the most part, many Haitians are still struggling in scores of tent cities around Port-au-Prince and all along the coast. In Léogâne, a seaside town near the epicenter of the quake, 90 percent of the town's buildings were destroyed and a quarter of its residents died. Many aid organizations such as Medicin sans Frontieres had two-year contracts from the Haitian government to provide services to the tent cities, but these contracts have quietly been allowed to expire, leaving thousands of families in dire straits. Many don't like to talk about the earthquake and find solace in the spiritual—either in Christian churches or at voodoo ceremonies. There are now over 12,000 registered NGO organizations in Haiti, which is still the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

I carry a Sony NEX-7 and an iphone5 when I travel nowadays. I approach each day with a plan to be open to everything and feel that communicating with the locals is the most important way to develop the reseached story I have in mind. In Haiti, it is not easy to candidly photograph people- it might be the pain of the past or perhaps a sort of 'broken pride' given the turmoil in this little country's recent history. There are so many difficult issues that the Haitian's now face; As the Western hemisphere's poorest nation, it was in trouble before the massive 2010 earthquake. Since then, many aid agencies rushed to help but the damage and destruction was so bad that it will take decades before the country rises to a level that we are accustomed to here in our 'developed' countries.


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