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First Place
Paolo Pellegrin
Magnum Photos

Second Place
Tomas Munita
Freelance for The New York Times

Third Place
Paolo Marchetti

Award of Excellence
Vincent Yu
Associated Press

Third Place
Paolo Marchetti

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Cite Soleil is one of the seven municipalities of Port-au-Prince and was born as a result of the depopulation of the Haitian countryside, supported by Delatour’s policy, who took over in '86 to Duvalier. This political maneuver caused the subsequent rural exodus of thousands of Haitians, who were assigned this area of the city, but without any infrastructure and a prerequisite for socio-economic framework. This scenario made the context of Cite Soleil poorest in Port-au-Prince, just think that about 70% of households have no access to a latrine and unemployment exceeds 50% of the population. This area is considered by the UN as one of the poorest and most dangerous in the Western Hemisphere. The area has been called a "microcosm of all the ills of Haitian society," the endemic unemployment, illiteracy, non-existent public services, the unsanitary conditions, rampant crime and armed violence ", this, that always characterizes the history of the Haitian people, is now its apex, in a very confused situation. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the Haitian president was from the early nineties until 2004, when he fled to South Africa. He was the populist, the showman, (has always embodied this role), and always managed to feed some support with their speeches. But when they were no longer sufficient, began distributing weapons and organizing armed gangs loyal to him: born Chimeres. The Haitian people, the pearl of Africa Caribbean archipelago, is spending decades tough, between extreme poverty and the devastation caused by natural disasters, including the regime of Duvalier and Aristide and the terror of the gangs used as an instrument of control on the territory but the richness of soul and spiritual energy almost supernatural of this people, elevates its existence, with the impetus of the fire, with dignity and nobility that comes from far away and that expresses in a crystal, the desire of life.


Watson 23 years, boss of his gang, checking out of his shack during a gangs clash.



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