March 11, 2010

Haiti: Strictly Bananas

Haitian boy selling bananas

Photo: Pasqual Gorriz/UN.
Caption: Boy Sells Bananas in Newly-Revived Port-au-Prince Market: A teenage boy sells bananas in Port-au-Prince Central Market which is slowly reviving after the 12 January earthquake. 22 February 2010 Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Hmm, couched in a bunch of U.N. photos of peacekeeping troops patrolling “a notoriously dangerous slum on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti” (1, 2, 3 — this latter one particularly scary the way the gun points directly at the woman’s head); and this one in the “Central Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a sensitive area where security measures have been increased”; and also this one, of a “slum of Martissant in the southern hills of Haiti capital Port-au-Prince, where violence is rampant and security measures have been increased since a prison break of about 4,000 convicts,” we find the photo above.

I guess the jungly vibe, and the crouch, and the turned-in fingers, and all those bananas — absent any hint of the so-captioned “newly-revived Port-au-Prince market” — are supposed to strictly reveal this boy as part of Haiti’s rebound.

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