• Man rummaging through garbage pile in front of parked school bus.
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  • Man rummaging through trash for food.
  • Man disposing of garbage in pile of incinerating trash.
  • Stripped and abandoned cars.
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  • Sugar cane vendor in Port-au-Prince.
  • Woman perched on piece of rubble.
  • Polluted ravine.
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  • Man carrying items collected in garbage to bring to recycling plant in exchange for money.
  • Man walking through dirt road covered in litter.
  • Man finds used notebook after searching through trash pile.
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Surviving Among Trash

There is no way to properly dispose of trash in Haiti. Although naturally a beautiful island, with majestic mountains from all points of views, its beauty is overshadowed by the piles of trash that consume even the best of neighborhoods. The improper disposal of trash has serious health and environmental consequences for those forced to live among it.

These photos were taken in downtown Port-au-Prince and various surrounding neighborhoods. Before the Haitian government can promote tourism and invite investors to the country, the streets need to be cleaned up, especially in the capital city.

A contributing factor to this unsanitary plague is that the city that was built for 200,000 people, is now home to more than 2 million. Decentralizing Port-au-Prince is one of the first steps to increasing the quality of life for Haiti’s people.

Photo Credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
March 4, 2016

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