Imagery: Stories: Haiti Earthquake
Before January 12, 2010, Haiti was in rough shape. I remember my first visit there in 2003 and taking in the barely contatined chaos that was Port-au-Prince and thinking, 'how does this place even function?'
But after January 12, 2010, Haiti turned into a land of nightmares from which it has yet to fully wake. Hundreds of thousands of people perished instantly in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that made matchsticks of the shoddy construction that comprised the city and its sprawling slums. Millions more were forced into the streets and soccer fields, where most still live today.
When we heard of the quake at the Boston Globe, we sent two reporter-photographer teams. One team for general coverage, and one team to follow the medical response. That is what I did, and what I saw, both the heros and the victims, will never leave my mind.