Haiti: Out of the Ruins

Haiti: Out of the Ruins, by James Nachtwey
James Nachtwey / VII for TIME

Past and Present
Those with next to nothing suddenly have even less. They continue to endure — their history, a crescendo of privation and hardship, matched by strength, pride and dignity. Their nation was born in the conquest of slavery; it has been shaped by poverty, struggle and faith. In a makeshift tent city in the main square of the capital, a statue of Henri Christoph, a leader of the Haitian war of independence, stands in the background, overlooking a displaced girl finishing her bowl of food.

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