Haiti: Beyond the Rubble exhibition – 7

In those early weeks after the earthquake, the camps where people were staying were often very informal and makeshift.  At Parc Chretien, a school and children’s centre run by a Tearfund partner, FEPH, the basketball court had been taken over by neighbours, whose own houses had been destroyed or badly damaged.  Tarpaulins were strung across the court, with some people sleeping on camp beds directly underneath, and others pitching tents for slightly more privacy. Aid and food for these smaller camps was much harder to predictably manage than in some of the huge camps that had multi-agency involvement (though these large camps had numerous problems too, brought on by the massive scale of displacement). The buildings in the background are typical of what survived the earthquake – superficially sound, but with potentially major damage internally.  Behind me, slightly up the hill, were houses that completely collapsed, and others that were apparently untouched.

Parc Chretien, Port au Prince, March 2010

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Richard Hanson :: photographer  :: Sheffield