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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A short visit to where the birth of the Haitian flag took place

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Arcahaie's popularity is mainly attributed to its historical heritage. In 1803, the country's founding father, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, grabbed a red, white and blue flag, and with a sharp jerk, ripped the white stripe to pieces and joined the blue and red together, making the first Haitian flag, symblolizing the union against the colonialist, pro-slavery France. That is how the famous national bicolor was born between the end of February and the beginning of March 1803. Dessalines ordered all his commanders to make their troops carry it. Flag day which is celebrated on May 18th of every year, has been a major holiday in Haiti since 1803.

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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rara Festival 2018, Marchand Dessalines in the L'Artibonite Department

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Haiti’s most raucous and public music is rara.True folk music of the masses, a rara ( the term can refer to the music, the band or the entire event) can take place at any time of the year but is most typically associated with the run-up to Carnaval and the period between Lent and Easter. Paul Clammer

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Missing Haitian photojournalist Vladjimir Legagneur

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Silent march for murdered Haitian photojournalist Vladjimir Legagneur in Port-Au-Prince, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The photographer left his home on March 14th, and has been missing ever since. Legagneur was working on an independent project in Grand Ravine, Martissant.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Downtown, Port-Au-Prince - 6:53 PM

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