Free World - September 15, 2021

These Photos Of Haiti Show The Pain And Turmoil From Back-To-Back Natural Disasters


Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Grace battered the island of Haiti on Tuesday, days after a deadly earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation. Saturday’s magnitude 7.2 tremor killed more than 1,000 people and left tens of thousands of others without homes.

Days after the quake, bodies still lie in the streets as officials grapple with the chaos and poor weather. Some hospitals are now too structurally unsafe following the disaster, forcing medical staffers to treat patients outside. Many other people are too scared to return to their homes, fearing another tremor will bring them down.

As people seek what shelter they can, often in makeshift tents, humanitarian workers have been delivering food and tending to injuries. Save the Children has supplied approximately 250 families with tarps, jerricans, and kits to care for babies, but the aid group says the weather is exacerbating the already dire situation.

“I see children crying on the street, people asking us for food, but we are low on food ourselves as well,” Carl-Henry Petit-Frère, a field manager for Save the Children, told the Associated Press. “The organizations that are here are doing what they can, but we need more supplies. Food, clean water, and shelter are needed most, and we need them fast.”

A deeply impoverished and unstable country, Haiti is still reeling from the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people, as well as the assassination of its president last month and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A woman holds her child as both sit under a plastic sheet


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A woman and child spent the night outside in the aftermath of the earthquake, Aug. 17.

Haiti residents crowd together below a platform where a few people are standing


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A man cries as he waits for a sack of rice being distributed to residents in Les Cayes, Aug. 16.

Arms from a crowd of Haiti residents reach up toward a man carrying a bag of rice


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Members of a humanitarian aid team deliver bags of food on Aug. 16.

Children huddle in a basket and lie on mattresses on the ground


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Families displaced by the earthquake sit under blankets to shield themselves from the rain on the morning of Aug. 17.

A woman confronts and points a finger at an armed soldier in front of a group of people


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A woman argues with a military guard as Haitians stand in line to receive a bag of food, Aug. 16.

People lie on mattresses on the ground in a pop-up hospital assembled with metal rods and a tarp canopy


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Earthquake victims are assisted in the Communautaire de Référence hospital in Port-Salut, Aug. 16.

Tears stream down a child's face


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A child cries while receiving medical treatment, Aug. 16.

A young Haitian child cries while a medical worker wraps their leg with gauze


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A child receives medical treatment in Haiti, Aug. 16.

A multistory building collapsed into a pile of rubble amid debris from homes scattered all over the street


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A building in ruins, Aug. 17

Haitian residents walk in flooded streets during a tropical storm


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Residents wade through a flooded road on the morning of Aug. 17.

A woman walks with a bucket of water from a group of people filling up cans and buckets from a tank truck


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Residents collect water after an earthquake on Aug. 16.

Haitian residents wait in line for food as a police officer walks by


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Haitians stand in line to receive a bag of food, Aug. 16.

Haiti residents wait in line for water by a tank truck


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People gather near bins of water after the earthquake in Camp-Perrin, Haiti, Aug. 16.

An aerial view of a camp set up for victims of the tropical storm


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People make repairs and create shelters after spending the night outside following the earthquake, Aug 17.

A woman is seen placing a mattress on a tabletop as she walks in ankle-high water


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A woman carries mattresses into a school classroom where people take shelter amid heavy rain, Aug. 17.

Three young children, one a toddler, huddle together under a tent


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Children displaced by the earthquake huddle under a piece of plastic, Aug. 17.

An injured man on a makeshift stretcher looks toward the camera


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An injured man is carried to a health center, Aug. 16.

A woman sits outside under a tarp, surrounded by belongings as it rains


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A woman displaced by the earthquake sits under a tarp, Aug. 17.

A Haitian woman faces concrete rubble and a collapsed roof


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A woman stands near her home that was destroyed in the earthquake, Aug. 16.

Children and families huddle together on the ground in an indoor shelter; in the foreground, an adult holds a water bottle up to a baby's mouth


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People displaced by the earthquake sit inside a church, Aug. 17.

A woman sleeps under a makeshift bed on the ground under the shade of hung-up blankets


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A woman sleeps outside in Saint-Louis-du-Sud, Haiti, Aug. 16.

Haitian residents sit and lean against a mattress outside under an awning


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People displaced by the earthquake seek refuge under an awning, Aug. 17.

A young girl sleeps on the floor of a church


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A girl sleeps inside a church that is offering shelter to people displaced by the earthquake, Aug. 17.



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