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    Photographer Jeremy Cowart completed this photo essay just a week after a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. The photos dis… Read More
    Photographer Jeremy Cowart completed this photo essay just a week after a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. The photos displayed here convey the true feelings of the Haitian people at the time. Read Less
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 Mathieu lost 2 siblings, but he still works the streets in hope of a better Haiti

 
 We heard that evening that there was a wedding taking place. Immediately we started driving around in the general area where the wedding was and we finally found it. The bride and groom were walking out the door as we pulled up. We explained the concept and they agreed right away. As soon as we asked them if they knew what they had to say, they wrote down “Love Conquers All.” It was a stunning statement for such a devastating time of need. After the photo was taken, we drove them to their “honeymoon” in a tent city.

 
 The earthquake left over a million people homeless. We met this woman at one of the many makeshift tent cities where living conditions are incredibly difficult. “There is no worse feeling in the world, as a mother, than to be unable to properly take care of your child.”

 
 This woman saw everything she owned collapse right in front of her. She now lives in a tent city among hundreds of thousands of others on what used to be Haiti’s only golf course.

 
 This is a very common thought in Haiti. When I was there, the government was completely missing. Even cops were nowhere to be found. Haitians can get through injury and suffering. But they still need leadership.

 
 The rainy season is something Haitians fear even in the most normal of times. The quake destroyed over 250,000 houses and the homeless are now looking through the rubble for any piece of scrap to build themselves a new home.

 
 In Haiti, even before the quake, few people had access to schools. Official numbers are saying 90% of the schools were destroyed by the earthquake… elementary, middle, high schools, colleges, everything. This young man knows that something must change in order for his life and the life of his friends to get better.

 
 The marks on her arm are from a severe car accident she was in 2 years ago. She says she has miraculously dodged death many times in her life. She even lost her entire family in the earthquake. I’m honestly not sure that I’ve ever met a kinder, more gentle person in my life. We had a great connection and I bought her some nice, cold drinks after this photo.

 
 We were taking pictures on the main boulevard in Downtown Port-Au-Prince when this woman walked by and said that she had a message to tell the world. Haitians are hard workers, all they need is job

 
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 Tent cities have poppepd up everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of homes are destroyed. This sign should be the entrance sign for all of Port-Au-Prince.

 When you combine a couple hundred thousand people living under sheets and sticks on hills made of dirt, you can imagine why they’re aftraid of the rain.

 
 For 6 long days Christian searched the rubble for his older sister. He found her just before they gave up on the 7th day as someone was about to throw her in the trash. He said, “Hey, she’s not trash, she’s my sister!” He brought her home that day and buried her here in his front yard underneath where he’s sitting.

 
 There are about 13,000 US soldiers in Haiti now. It is a tough job to keep a positive mindset when you are trying to help crowds of thousands of hungry people.

 
 Amidst all of the destruction in downtown Port au Prince, we came across this kid washing his bike in a puddle of water. I remember an adult coming up and saying “Why are you photographing children?? They have nothing to say!” This little boy immediately wrote this when we handed him the marker.

 
 Haiti needs help. They need a long term relationship with qualified people, engineers, doctors, teachers, leaders to help rebuild and put the country on steady tracks.

 
 This guy was walking around the streets just shell-shocked. We found him here standing in front of the rubble of the Port-Au-Prince Cathedral. You don’t see many men visibly carry heartbreak quite like he did. He had lost his only daughter and her drivers license was the ONLY possession of hers that he owned anymore. This moment was tremendously heavy for my team. I remember my assistant Julie just weeping after we talked to him. This is yet another moment and story that I’ll never forget.

 
 For a minute I would be very inspired to see so many doctors and nurses working together from all around the world. (This man was a French doctor). Then I would be reminded of the harshness of the situation. They could do very little due to the lack of supplies.

 
 This man used to own a barbershop, which he reinstalled in this tent where a few people are living with him now. His message reinstates his acti

 
 A natural disaster is one thing. A natural disaster without any leadership is a new level of devastation. Everwhere we went, people echoed this sentiment.

 
 She worked as a house-keeper until the house fell down and the owners left Haiti. Now she’s trying to make a living by selling candy. She was the rare person who wouldn’t smile no matter what we said. She made her devastation clear. We were at least able to purchase lots of candy and food from her to help.

 
 As we stopped to take a picture this woman approached us asking for help. When we asked her what she had to say, she said that the only thing she wants is a can of milk for her kids. On a side note, this is one of three crosses I saw still standing. All three churches had been completely destroyed but the crosses stood unrattled.