Haiti: Beyond the Rubble exhibition – 25

Tensions were running high after the earthquake as the Haitian people started blaming their government for the slow response to the devastation in Port-au-Prince and the delays to recovery and reconstruction. Frustration grew as cholera claimed more lives and Hurricane Tomás added to the misery.

The November presidential election results were disputed. Supporters of different presidential candidates took to the streets, threatening violence against opposing party members. Gangs set fire to offices and blockaded roads with burning tyres. They clashed with UN peacekeepers and gunfire was exchanged. The airport was closed.

After a week of rioting and protests, a recount was agreed. The announcement of the results was delayed until the following year. As the democratic process continued so did the threats of violence – until April 2011, when musician Michel Martelly was officially confirmed as Haiti’s new president.

Election posters, Port au Prince. January 2011.

The Tearfund photographic exhibition ‘Haiti: Beyond the Rubble’ runs at Central Hall Westminster from 1-30 June 2011.  For further details, please contact me.

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Richard Hanson :: photographer  :: Sheffield