Thursday, October 18, 2018

Haiti protests over politicians' misuse of Petrocaribe Funds

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators across Haiti took to the streets to protest the embezzlement of billions of Petro Caribe funds and to also demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

" The voice of the sea speaks to the soul " Kate Chopin

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The peace and quiet grow on you when you're out by the sea. Out of all our travels throughout Haiti, assignments which took us to coastal towns turned out to be the most beneficial in terms of creativity and  feeling completely more alert,  energized and completely unwind  days following the completion of our voyage.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade" Chinese proverb ~

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The future of Haiti lies in the hands of our children, our greatest strenght as a nation. As a country we have failed to give them the right opportunities, which is in abundance in other nations. The innovatory potential of the younger generation combine with their eagerness, strength and desire to contribute  can be of exceptional value  to the country. The best way to reinforce our future generations is through education, quality education which will make them become an active member of society and participate in the urgent changes and development that Haiti so desperately needs.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Another property conflict brings chaos to Thomassin 32

 Haitian National Police Officer grabs unidentify man while another policeman  keeps angry residents from further assaulting him . photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved

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Officials of the Petion Ville Mayor's office, Representatives of the General Tax office (DGI), Secretary of State for public security, Mr. Léon Ronsard Saint Cyr, accompanied with armed police officers attempted to take possession of a property which house the Lycée National de Thomassin, where 1,300 underprivileged children attend school. Residents in Thomassin 32 took to the streets to protest and demand justice. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Twitter campaign highlights corruption in Haiti

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Hundreds of demonstrators participated in a sit-in in front of the high court of auditors in the Haitian Capital Friday, August 24, 2018, to protest the embezzlement of $3.8 billion of Petrocaribe funds. Patrice Dougé / Haitian Times

Monday, June 18, 2018

Open market - Beyond the commercial function, it’s a vast place of socialization

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Hardworking and willing to do whatever it takes to put food on the table for their children, vendors come to the marketplace  to not only sell essential products to customers but to also engage in a friendly, social atmosphere which is supported among vendors. Solidarity and creating an important source of help seem to be more important than competition.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reliving the full array of emotions from memories long forgotten. Jérémie, 2012


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The exceptional possibility of photography to interpret unprocess mundane encounters of our short-lived experiences. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Arcahaie, Haiti - charcoal vendors struggling to make a living ~


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Ignoring the plight of the poor - hundreds of thousands of Haiti residents still live in inadequate sub-standard informal housing. The government's inability to bring urgently needed relief, the plundering of state coffers, the lack of planning, the incapacity to find finance/capital to jump start the nation's economy is looking growingly hopeless— It has been reported because of Haiti’s worsening economic situation, over 125,000 young people  left for Chile out of desparation  in search of work over the past 18 months.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

I was only allowed to take a few frames, then I had to leave

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Most buildings in the historic center of Jeremie date from the period of the second half of the 19th century to the second world war.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ceiling above altar of Cathédrale Saint-Louis-Roi-de-France, Jérémie

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In Jérémie an ancient temple was destroyed in a fire that occurred in 1874. In 1877 it was decided to rebuild a parish church. In 1879, a credit of 30,000 gourdes passed by the House of Representatives allowed support its reconstruction. The works came to an end in 1901. The church was dedicated to St. Louis King of France (also known as Louis IX of France and Ludovico). On April 20, 1972, the Diocese of Jérémie was created with the division of the diocese of Les Cayes. That is when Jérémie church became a cathedral. wikipedia

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Funeral for well known businessman, Jean Brunel Pierre, who committed suicide

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Residents of Jérémie filled St Louis Church and lined up the streets to pay their respect to their beloved businessman and philanthropist Mr Jean Brunel Pierre." it's not so much the disappearance of the businessman who was Brunel Pierre which upsets the city, It is rather for many families, the loss of a philanthropist who believed above all the virtues of a good education that he had not been able to afford " Yvon Janvier / Le Nouvelliste - Rode Pierre, daughter of Jean Brunel.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spent a few days shooting in Jéremie main square, Place Alexandre Dumas

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The central square of Jérémie bears the name of the Dumas. Born March 25, 1762 in Jérémie, Haiti, he's the first general of Haitian origins in the French army. He's the father of prominent writer Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers) and grand father of Alexandre Dumas' son (The Lady with the Camellias)

Monday, April 9, 2018

The historic center of Jérémie and its architectural riches


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Because of its geographical isolation and the weakness of economic activities, The historic center in Jeremie has been relatively preserved, even though several buildings are currently underutilized and poorly maintained. And some of them have been completely abandoned.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jeremie, Haiti revisited — first impressions, April 2018.

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I haven't set foot in the Grand'Anse in 3 years and exactly 4 months. Jeremie was severely hit by hurricane Matthew in 2016, the storm took away almost all the houses in sheet metal roofing. Only the concrete buildings resisted the repeated attacks of the hurricane. Jeremie has now partially recovered, but even before the storm, Jeremie and the Grand'Anse Department had an urgent need for a massive investment in infrastructure and most important to invest in human capital and long-term business development.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

They are always so welcoming in Souvenance, Gonaives

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Voodoo celebration in Souvenance begins on Good Friday and continues for a week. Every year hundreds of people assemble in this tiny village. It is one of the holiest pilgrimages for believers in voodoo. Souvenance is located between Gonaïves and Cap-Haïtien, about 20km north of Gonaïves.Voodoo was brought to Haiti by slaves from West Africa but did not become a recognized religion by the Caribbean country until the 1960s.