Mirtho. The story behind the image.

Mirtho Bellefleur.  Corail Camp, Port au Prince, Haiti. December 2010.

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Client: Oxfam

During the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on the 12th January 2010 Mirtho was one of the many thousands of people who's life was changed forever.  Trapped beneath the rubble of his house for 48 hours he was eventually rescued but his right leg was so badly damaged it was eventually amputated above the knee.  11 months on from the disaster Mirtho was still waiting for a prosthetic leg and unable to walk to school, his education was on hold.

Corail camp was one of the only official camps set up shortly after the earthquake.  Intended to provide temporary housing for approximately 10,000 people it now houses some 65-100,000 people on the barren rocky ground, the majority in unofficial shanties and most of whom have no intention of leaving.

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To see what Oxfam are doing in Haiti go to:

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what-we-do/countries-we-work-in/haiti