POTD-I’ll look for something a little more authentic

I did chuckle to myself when i saw these voodoo dolls for sale in Connswater Shopping Centre the other day.

I’m about to embark on a 3 week trip to Haiti where i’ll be producing work for a commission. I’ll be based in Port-au-Prince where I’m going to be producing a series of portraits of stall holders at the newly rebuilt Iron Market. I’ll also be looking at the distribution infrastructure as goods come in from the port to the warehouse to the wholesaler to the stall holders and perhaps even the end user if thats possible.

I do have a few other ideas floating around which i shall endeavour to follow up.

With one flying visit under my belt to what is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, i do have some  idea of what to expect during my 3 week trip. As a country still recovering from the devastating earthquake of Jan 2010 there is much work to be done. Hopefully with the Presidential election results nearly formally announced the country can move forward under the leadership of Michael Martelly and the international aid that was promised (and not yet delivered) will begin to come into the country to help rebuild it.

The problems facing the new President are immense. Approximately only 20% of the rubble from the earthquake has been cleared. Thousands of people are still living in rough and ready tent camps. NGO’s and Aid Agencies are being encouraged not to provide any  permanent facilities at these camps so as not to encourage their permanency. This leads to the obvious health issues with open sewers flowing through the camps. The rainy season will exarcerbate these health problems of the camp dwellers. A Cholera epidemic has killed around 6,000  (it’s believed that only a quarter of all cases are being reported) and with the rainy season about to start the figures are expected to spike. As mentioned, pledges of aid are still yet to materialise so it is incumbant on the new President to gain and build trust amongst the international community to help rebuild his ravaged country.

I’m sad that for the first time since it started, i will not be moochin around covering the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival or the Festival of Fools (no i’m not referring the forthcoming elections) but i’m sure i will have plenty to be getting on with and to photograph. I also gotta say a little bit of me is sad  not to be around for the election but i can’t be in two countries at the same time.

Anyhoo, thats enough of all that, i have some last minute packing to do but rest assured I will be blogging on here about some of my encounters over in Haiti and I want to finish this blog post by saying ”Count your blessings and make your vote count”.

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  • Safe trip, Moochin.

  • I prefer the WHO’s ( World Health Organization ) assessment http://www.who.int/hac/crises/hti/sitreps/haiti_health_cluster_bulletin_9march2011.pdf

    Maybe Sweet Micky as he is known will sell his second home in Palm beach and give the profits to the needy !!

  • I Haiti was something i became very interested in – i had some ideas that i took up directly with the President of Royal Carribean with some sucess – as their ships call at Labadee

  • pippakin

    Voo doo dolls! Have a good trip Moochin and make sure you take your dream catcher with you. Or is that Native American? Have the best time possible under their circumstances.

  • Thanks Nevin, Pippakin i’ll try to
    belfastjj…i wouldn’t have expected anything less from you

  • al

    Island economies have been an interest of mine recently. Look forward to reading your observations Mooch.

  • HeinzGuderian

    jaybus…………….he can go on a Caribbean Cruise,but not get to Londonderry to photograph sectarian graffiti ??

    Me flabber has never been so ghasted,so it hasn’t !! 🙂

  • wee buns

    May the stars speed you. It’s amazing what the Haitian people have endured. What sticks in my mind in the weeks/months following the quake, are TV images of people living in terrible conditions but who somehow managed to turn themselves out pristinely laundered frocks and shirts. How admirable. I wonder how on earth they managed it. A friend from Cuba tells me it’s been desperately hard back home for the past few months ‘cos there has been no soap available; no shampoo, no washing-up liquid: nada. I know it’s ‘merely’ a domestic & mundane issue, but so bound up dignity. Therefore if it’s permissible to make requests to outbound photographers……….laundry please?

  • “belfastjj…i wouldn’t have expected anything less from you”

    I know i’m a sucker for good causes – but its rewarding when you make a difference 😉

  • Mac

    Looking forward to your pictures.
    Safe trip.

    “What sticks in my mind in the weeks/months following the quake, are TV images of people living in terrible conditions but who somehow managed to turn themselves out pristinely laundered frocks and shirts. ”

    Have you watched Charlie Brooker’s take on the “crazed hatians” footage the TV stations were trotting out?

  • wee buns

    ”Have you watched Charlie Brooker’s take on the “crazed hatians” footage the TV stations were trotting out?”

    No. Should I have?

  • Mac

  • wee buns

    Ahh yes I see what you mean & remember saying in our usual scathing tone reserved for news watching, to himself, mister wee buns, that starving people can’t be ‘looters’.
    The looters are the western medja he replied. And he’s right.

  • belfastjj….care to send me a message re Labadee and Royal Caribbean , i did hear a few stories about their little development there

    moochinphotoman@gmail.com

  • I look forward to hearing from you bjj

  • In your own time Bjj but i am interested to hear of what you did to help or what you think you did