Struggle & Change

The poorest country in the Western hemisphere has been under siege by warring factions for decades despite democratically-elected governments, and the intervention of the United States military.

A Haitian boy rests against a wall painted as an American flag in Port-au-Prince’s Cité Soleil slum. ©Thomas James Hurst
U.S. Soldiers patrol the streets of Port-au-Prince after a day of violence and unrest.  ©Thomas James Hurst
Haitian Presidential Security rush to keep civilians back as President Rene Preval’s convoy drives through the city streets. ©Thomas James Hurst
Vigilantes drag a man from a vehicle and beat him to death in the streets of Port-au-Prince following the burial of a beloved community leader.  ©Thomas James Hurst
A man lays bludgeoned to death in Port-au-Prince after a mob took to the streets looking to avenge the death of a beloved community leader. ©Thomas James Hurst
Mourners openly grieve during a funeral procession to bury a beloved community leader murdered in the slums he once worked to protect. ©Thomas James Hurst
Mourners carry flowers and flags during a funeral procession to bury a beloved community leader murdered in the slums he once worked to protect. ©Thomas James Hurst
Two Haitian men peer through the locked gate of insane asylum. ©Thomas James Hurst