Haiti.

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I have been thinking and praying about Haiti ever since the world found out about the disastrous earthquake that shook this little country. I remember looking for a ticket that very same day, however all the airports were closed. I also tried to get in touch with organizations that were already working in Haiti, to no avail.
I remember catching myself on the thought that I am finally here, in Haiti, but the sight was not the one desired or the one expected. The island is in ruins, both physically and morally. Although I am originally from the poorest country in Europe, but the sights I witnessed in Haiti shook any previous conceptions of poverty and disaster I might have had. Pain, sorrow and weeping despair is what I saw in the eyes of the children who lost their homes and their families.

I decided to go to Haiti for several reasons. First of all, I joined a group whose mission was to help a team of nurses in conducting medical clinics, as well as distributing clothes and food. Also, I arrived to Port-au-Prince as a photographer eager to capture the life of the people of Haiti.
Every society is built around its future prospects, and we are all fully aware that our children are our future. I’m afraid that I could hardly see this future for Haiti. I mean, these are the people that will govern and populate this country 15-20 years, yet they do not even dare to plan for tomorrow. I saw children without parents, without education or shelter, without medical assistants or medical tools. Most importantly, these children were lacking guidance and leadership. Throughout the week that I was there, I tried to visit the tent camps as much as I could; talking to people, building relationships and taking photos. I must admit these were the hardest pictures I had ever had to take. Why? Because when I looked these kids in their eyes, I could see it all. As adults, we often choose to act out or imitate certain emotions, but these innocent and pure eyes could tell me only the truth. They were full of hopelessness; eyes that have seen things we have never imaged. People say that you can the kind of life a person had by the wrinkles on their face. The children of Haiti will remain scarred for life by this tragedy. We can try to rebuild the houses, re-pave the roads, but no matter how hard we try, we will not be able to explain to these children why they deserved such injustice, and I don’t think we should. I believe my duty was to serve them through their daily routine, to show them that human virtues are not a myth, and that there are people in the world that care for them, even when they think no one does.

I am planning another trip  (March 7th – 12th), and also (March 13th – 20th). I am hoping to put together a team that will join me in this endeavor. If you, or someone you know, have any medical background, or perhaps you are simply interested and/or willing to join the team, please contact me via e-mail (sasha at flosites dot com).

Here are some of the photos from the trip:

Medical clinics:

School in the tent camp:

Distributing food:

Port-au-Prince:

At the tent camps:

Comments: 19
  1. brianna phelan Mar 02nd 01:35

    wow. wow.

  2. vick Mar 02nd 01:46

    Sasha very nice pics my Friend , keep it uppp !!!

  3. daniel usenko Mar 02nd 03:10

    Dude some heart cringing pictures. Poor kids.

  4. danielle Mar 02nd 04:20

    thank you!! <3 for sharing… so we don't forget.

  5. Eugene Michel Mar 02nd 05:28

    Great post, great cause.

  6. Jen May Mar 02nd 05:59

    It’s great to see you helping out in Haiti, Sasha.

  7. Max Lopatin Mar 02nd 07:22

    Moving photos man.

  8. VZ Mar 02nd 17:54

    Great PJ work Sasha!

  9. Roberto Ramos Mar 02nd 19:13

    Greats pics and more love to Haití.

  10. MIRIAM BOSQUES Mar 02nd 19:40

    gracias shasha xq quienes no podemos ir como tú a haiti tus fotos nos dicen mucho, de lo que han pasado nuestros hermanos haitianos,lo que en mi caso me hace sentir que no debo de ser insensible ante el dolor humano , no importando la raza ni el color, la foto con los niños ´es tierna ,gracias x tus fotos shasha

  11. Elena Mar 02nd 23:41

    I knew about tragedy in Haiti but i never really felt pain of people and kids from there. Your photos really took me to another level of understanding and feeling the disaster of consequence of earthquake and people’s pain. Photos are brilliant!!! :)

  12. Yana K Mar 03rd 03:27

    Really awesome that you could do this…

  13. Irina Mar 03rd 22:47

    This is amazing.

  14. Silvia Mar 04th 02:29

    One of my best friends was born in Haiti, this summer we might be going to Haiti. I just wanted to say thanks for some amazing shots and great human touch! Be blessed ;-)

  15. jamie angeles Mar 04th 08:52

    You have a big huge heart sasha! My fav is the one with you and all the kids! Amazing work!

  16. yamina Mar 31st 19:18

    gosh!! you’re amazing boy!!!

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