By: Maria Vargas
Published: January 12, 2015
January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake impacted Haiti leaving it in nothing but ruins. The Earthquake killed more than 200,000 lives and left 1.5 million homeless. The photography Allison, captured the aftermath of the earthquake a month later it impacted the country. The streets of Port-au-Prince, it’s capital was covered in concrete, rebar, and remains of the tropical storms it surpassed. Many Haitians were left homeless, and even the civilians who had homes did not trust their home remnants in fear that it may collapse on them. Every daily ritual was public such as dressing and bathing.
When Allison returned five years later, she visited Port-au-Prince once again and found red construction fences surrounding the collapsed buildings, which no construction was ever seen to take place. On the day of the one-year anniversary she wondered inside the Port-au-Prince’s national cathedral, where only the walls were left standing. Now, the cathedral entrance is bricked up and has a metal gate. Although it is big and welcoming it feels like it could only be temporary according to Allison.
Haiti tries to progress by opening new ministry buildings that are under construction and by improving traffic. However, much remains to be done. Over 200,000 Haitians still live in tent camps and many others that suffered major damage from the earthquake.