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Image of the day

 

A child sleeps peacefully on the floor of a newly constructed house in one of the areas badly damaged by the January 2010 earthquake.

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Child asleep, Port au Prince, Haiti.  Oxfam, 2010.

Haven, an Irish NGO working on building sustainable communities in Haiti is pioneering using rubble from the earthquake to build new houses.  Wire Gabion baskets are filled with rubble to provide new walls which are designed to withstand future quake event.

To learn more about Haven's work go to:

www.havenpartnership.com

To see what Oxfam are doing in Haiti go to:

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

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

Oxfam America/Rockefeller Foundation commission

Earlier in the year I had a 3 week shoot in a number of East African countries for Oxfam America and the Rockefeller Foundation.  Material from the shoot was ultimately destined for presentation at at the recent summit on "Realizing the Potential of African Agriculture: Catalytic Innovations for Growth" held in Abuja, Nigeria.  The summit was attended by not only numerous African ministers prime ministers but also former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

Some of the material used is shown below.

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