Twenty :: Haiti

‘Twenty’ part 20 :: Haiti 1996

Twenty‘ is an occasional series marking the first twenty years of my work as a professional photographer.

Ice ice baby... ::  Haiti 1996 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Ice ice baby… :: Haiti 1996 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

In 1996, I was in Haiti for the first time, doing a story on child-sponsorship and training, which involved a lot of time sitting in traffic jams in Port au Prince…  We finally left the city, and headed north, to visit a vocational training school (the journey to which was memorable, as previously mentioned).  We spent the night on the way in the environs of Gonaives, in a rather bizzare hotel that seemed to have more door than wall in my room – there were literally four or five doors out onto the balcony that ran around the first floor, none of which seemed particularly secure. The morning was beautiful though, looking out over the bay, and the ice delivery had just arrived below our window, packed with wood chippings in old freezers, to be cut up and distributed through town, presumably to keep fish cool as well as frosting our refrescos.

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Copyright: Tearfund – no reproduction without permission

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