Haiti earthquake: 7 powerful images that show the the devastating impact on women and girls
A photographer has captured the devastation and displacement caused by the island’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
On Saturday 14 August, around 8.30am local time, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck south-western Haiti and caused widespread devestation to the island. The latest figures from Haiti’s Civil Protection Department show that the death toll has surged to more than 2,000 killed and 12,200 injured. As such, a one-month state of emergency has been declared by the national authorities and national and international humanitarian actors in country are currently coordinating a response.
According to ActionAid Haiti, at least 130,000 homes have been destroyed, leaving thousands of people homeless and in need of urgent shelter.
Photographer Fabienne Douce has captured some powerful images in Jérémie, one of the worst-hit parts of the island, which paint a harrowing picture of how the lives of women and children have been turned upside down by the disaster.
Felix Ezeline, a mother of four, is currently living on the streets with her children under a makeshift shelter after her home collapsed. She told ActionAid Haiti that she’s exposed to “all kinds of aggression” on the street and that her whole family is traumatised.
“I have collected all the possessions I have in a corner of what remains of my home,” Ozelle, an earthquake survivor, told ActionAid Haiti.