Haiti: Beyond the Rubble exhibition – 9

This picture was taken up in the hills to the south of Leogane, and is of two brothers (and the wife of one of them).  They share a house at Souscarrefour, and were out in their fields farming when the earthquake struck.  Sylvester (right) said ‘Only God knows why the earthquake happened. Our house is gone, we are worried about the rains, but we need them so we can grow our crops, so we need to cope with being wet. Three of our neighbours died when they went to get water and landslide fell on them and they died. We thank God, we survived.’

Tearfund had supplied the USAID branded tarpaulin that they’ve built their current shelter from.  One of the very noticeable things on the ground in Haiti was how much inter-agency co-operation was going on – one organisation might supply the staff, another the logistics, and another the actual materials for distribution.  Not perfect, of course, but actually hugely encouraging to see.

Farmer Sylvester Laurent-Saint (59) (right), his wife Dieu Louisnord Larent-Saint (60) and his brother Tibet Luvianne (50 - left), Souscarrefour village. March 2010.

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Richard Hanson :: photographer  :: Sheffield

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