Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The girl of L'Escale


The girl of L'Escale
Originally uploaded by Sander-Martijn

I wrote about this girl in one of my first blog posts here: haiti.sander-martijn.com/2009/01/lescale.html - I thought I had lost the photo, but recovered it and close to 200 other lost photos from Haiti this morning.

Specifically, this is the passage:
"And then there was her. Something special about her - so beautiful, pure, simple. She was cooking in the kitchen, an outdoor pavilion probably powered by charcoal. I'm guessing she was 15. She was beautiful and looked into my camera with a power I rarely see. Not angry or mean, not seductive, not even confident - just looking. piercing. direct. unafraid. and beautiful."

3 comments:

  1. She has tuberculosis?

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  2. That I am not certain of. L'Escale was a gated "village" for people with Tuberculosis to keep them quarantined from society. I did hear that the people there are actually recovering from TB as opposed to actively having it, but I am not sure if that is true or not (some looked quite sick to me). However, no matter what the case is, I could not know whether she had TB or not, because often an entire family will live there even if only one member has it. One thing that is certain is that Haitain families stick together. If one member is sick, the entire family goes to the hospital and they stay and eat there until the person is released. The same was true at L'Escale.

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  3. By the way, I find the person's notion that it was for people recovering from TB only unlikely, not only because some looked so sick but also because one of Dad's biggest complaints is that they didn't have any Tuberculosis medicine available at the hospital to treat people. He said that apparently it is because the government insists on being the only source for the medication and they are currently not distributing it. It is not known whether the government has any or not...

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