Feature story by Kasper Nybo Photography.
In the days that followed the january 12, magnitude 7.0, earthquake in haiti media agencies told a non-stop news story of what became almost 200,000 casualties and 300,000 injured – all directly related to the quake that shattered the nation and especially its capital port-au-prince.
One hundred days after the quake hit, humanitarian photographer Kasper Nybo arrived in Port-au-Prince to document the aftermath of the quake and the declining public health situation. The needs of the Haitian people remains urgent, and the impact on their society as catastrophic, but the light of media attention has been switched off and left a disaster in the dark.
City of the homeless
On the streets of Port-au-Prince all clear spots and open spaces are occupied by temporary camps and tents that are turning into more and more permanent housing for hundreds of thousands of people. Sanitation in the street camps is extremely poor and diseases related to the lack of access to safe water and sanitation systems are spreading and have high epidemic potential, a risk that is rising with the rainy season coming closer. Diarrhea and other simple diseases are claiming lives daily in the camps and in the hospitals. In spite of an impossible situation that will take years to recover from, and call for many more casualties in the process, the Haitian people posses a strength and determination that deserves all admiration. The will to rebuild and move on is stunning and ever present. The urge to rebuild does however hold another threat, as the work to tear down building remains is extremely dangerous and safety equipment is non-existent. Work crews are seen all over town climbing around halfway collapsed buildings, taking them down by hand, brick by brick. The emergency rooms have a constant flow of workmen having fallen from or being crushed under buildings. Some are patched up and send back to their families, some pay with their lives in the effort to re-gain what was lost.
The need to secure food, water, sanitation and housing is immense and is far from having reached any acceptable standard. And while the Haitian people wait for promised international funds and aid to be released, they scample all resources availble to them to move forward.
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