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July 23, 2010

Brendan Hoffman From Haiti: Rubble Yell

At present, there is no significant, coordinated financing by international aid groups for debris removal using machinery…. (Dying in Haiti)

No budget request ever made to the UN from the Haitian government for debris removal (according to the UN official in charge of debris). (PRI)

“It’s not just the rubble, it’s the question of rubble ownership.” (NYT)

Beyond symbolizing the balkanization of the NGOs and the impotence of the government,  can you imagine how thoroughly demoralizing it must be to the Haitian people, six months after the earthquake, to be drowning in rubble — many fearing, I imagine, that the rock piles might somehow be permanent?

–Michael Shaw


About the Photographer

Brendan Hoffman

Brendan Hoffman (b. Albany, NY, 1980) is a photographer based in Washington, DC. He began his career in 2007 after working at a desk for several years in the non-profit sector. He divides his time between client and personal work. Assignments often involve covering news and politics for publications such as TIME magazine or the New York Times. His personal projects reflect his interest in the ways in which economic and political structures shape modern society. His ongoing project “Stand the Middle Ground” is an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade and the decline of manufacturing in a small Iowa town. Brendan has received awards for his photography from Pictures of the Year International, the White House News Photographers Association, and other organizations. He has worked in a variety of countries for both editorial and NGO clients, and is a co-founder of Prime. See more of Brendan's work for BagNews here.

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