Let me preface this entry by saying that I’m far from an authority on Haiti, and that I’ll also refrain from going too far into the weeds in terms of sociopolitical commentary. Haitians are some of the most enterprising people ever, yet the country faces an enormous number of interwoven challenges, many of which Haitian society must resolve itself, and which can’t just be willed away or covered up with billions of dollars in donor funds. The White Savior Industrial Complex permeates nearly everything related to foreign assistance, and that’s likely a big part of the problem.
Port-au-Prince is full of contrasts, and I’m not going to show you all the bad – the dirt, the trash, the poverty, the earthquake damage, you can find plenty of those shots in news reports. Instead, I wanted to show you some of what you probably haven’t seen on TV: a different side of Haiti.