Displaced - Haiti
On January 12, 2010 a massive earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince and other cities in the south of Haiti. About 1.3 million people resettled in encampments throughout the area. Two years later reports claim that about 800,000 have moved out of the camps, but mostly they return to crumbled homes or into the streets - ‘a return to zero’. Officially about 500,000 people still live in makeshift homes in very precarious, dusty, dirty displacement camps lacking proper sanitation and water supply. In early 2012 they were again faced with the prospect of spending another rainy season with tarps donated to them more than two years ago. Aside from the sheer poverty and lack of jobs people in the camps deal with security and health issues. The awful situation for these survivors has become the ‘norm’; people have formed communities and do their best to hold on to a semblance of organization and ‘normal’ life though each and every one’s dream is to move out of these slum-like settlements into homes. The following portraits were taken inside or outside of people's homes in displacement camps around Port-au-Prince.
The portraits in this series were made in February and March of 2012.