Photographer: Michael McElroy
Title: As the Dust Settles
Location: Port Au Prince, Haiti
On January 12, 2010 Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 and a death toll now estimated to be anywhere from 50,000 to 200,000. Since its Independence in 1804 Haiti has carried a heavy burden of poverty, corruption and one natural disaster after another. Haiti was still recovering from four hurricanes that struck the country in 2008 when the earthquake shook the city of Port Au Prince. Fortunately, the spirit of the Haitian people has never been broken and despite their tortured past, just days after the earthquake life appears to be returning to some sense of normality. People have started to rebuild their homes, the markets are full of produce, and soccer is being played in the empty lots and fields. Perhaps once the dust has settled a new bright day will dawn for Haiti and its people....