Haiti: Year Zero. This girl remains unidentified and is part of a series of thirty photographs of Aid Dependant Haitians who lost nearly everything including friends and family on the January 12, 2010 earthquake. When I met her, she had lost her leg remained hospitalized at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Port-Au-Prince. She remains unidentified symbolically, in metaphor and as testimony to the present and future generations that remain feeling ignored in their plight, but who are also responsible for their current status in a constant survivor mode. The aid community as a whole has them labeled as property, as a body or even a soul in need of salvation, like the many christian organisms who descended on the island telling Haitians to stop their practices of Voudoo, for they were the reasons god punished them. When I look back on the concept of aid it seems all in good will and yet the international NGOs are limited to humane assistance and cannot build nations, especially those seen in obscurity by the world, perpetually labelling Haiti as the poorest nation in the Americas.
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