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Voodoonville | Photojournalist: Paolo Marchetti

Voodoonville | Photojournalist: Paolo Marchetti | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Haiti, Port-au-Prince, at the end of Cite Soleil (the heart of PAP) is one of Haiti’s largest landfill, Here, a slum named Warf Jeremy was born, the final frontier of humanity for the Haitian people. There is no reliable census to calculate the exact number of the inhabitants of Waff, but the logistical support of many NGOs in recent years have counted hundreds of thousands of people living in precarious style, without any support from the state. The desperation and the great faith of this people reflect the value of life, a final bulwark in support of such suffering.

 

The Voodoo is a religion with African American characters syncretic and highly esoteric, one of the oldest in the world. The current religion Vuduista combines elements taken from the bustling traditional African practiced before colonialism, with concepts drawn from Catholicism. Today, Voodoo is practiced by about sixty million people around the world. In Haiti it is practiced by almost the entire population. The Voodoo tradition has gone through three centuries of persecution and misinformation and has been strongly discredited, many rumors and misinformation have promoted a general vision that is very distorted. - Paolo Marchetti

 

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Haiti Cherie | Photographer: Alice Smeets

Haiti Cherie | Photographer: Alice Smeets | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

I am yet to meet someone who has not been moved by Haitis beautiful landscapes, colorful streets and rich culture. Nor, have I not met anyone who has not been shocked by its poverty erodes the country. Haiti is full of contrast and complexity. You can spend years in Haiti and still not understand the place. The countrys history is complex and contrasting. In 1804 Haiti attracted the worlds attention by becoming the first black republic to declare independence.

 

Today it attracts attention for being the poorest Nation in the Western Hemisphere. The population has witnessed many corrupt leaders as well as substantial exploitation at the hands of foreign governments, especially the United States and France. The country has always been considered as a place where anyone can grow rich off the backs of the poor and is the archetypal example of a system that sees the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Even though Haitians, when asked how they are, will invariably simply say: I am good, thanks. It is a nation with a strong will to survive and to go on without complaining. It is a story of a nations persistence and of the dignity and pride of these people everyday life.

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