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WHEN THEY WANT TO KILL A DOG, THEY SAY IT’S CRAZY


LE YO VLE TOUYE CHEN, YO D’IL FOU


© JARED IORIO | 2011


Le yo vle touye chen, yo di’l fou. When they want to kill a dog, they say it’s crazy.

Everything in Haiti is religious and everything is political. This booklet isn’t. It’s a record of time spent mostly in the areas most affected by last January’s earthquake, between Port-au-Prince and the coastal city of Jacmel, each roughly equidistant from the epicenter. It describes what life looks like today in that part of Haiti. I learned a fair bit about the country and its people while I was there, none of which translates easily into words. Hopefully some of it comes through in the pictures.

What you see here is people who have moved on from the disaster, though it obviously lingers in the rubble-strewn landscape and the subconscious. Hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced in tent camps, a cholera epidemic is still unchecked. Yet, for most people these things are not part of life on day-to-day basis. Other things come to the forefront. Putting food on the table, hustling, looking for work, school, getting married and funerals, a dance, a day at the beach, a budding relationship, a fistfight. They deal with the catastrophe the way they’ve dealt with every other catastrophe -- they way that all humans deal with things like that. Through traditions and prayer, parties and sex, and quiet moments of contemplation. Through rage, sadness and laughter.

The community I lived in was self-regulated and self-policed. A real community for better or worse. They kindly let me enter that community and live with them, and I want to thank all the people who accepted me and my camera. Especially the people of Lakou David in Cyvadier, Madamn JeanBaptiste, Abraham Comper, Stanley Jacques and Sergo Desir.


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2010


CYVADIER | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


ROAD TO PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


CYVADIER | 2011


CYVADIER | 2011


CYVADIER | 2011


CYVADIER | 2010


MEYER | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


CYVADIER | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


JACMEL | 2011


CYVADIER | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


CYVADIER | 2011


ROAD TO OKAY | 2010


PLAJ RAYMOND | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2010


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2010


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2011


JACMEL | 2011


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2010


PETIONVILLE | 2010


JACMEL | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


CYVADIER | 2010


JACMEL | 2011


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2010


JACMEL | 2011


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2011


JACMEL | 2010


JACMEL | 2011


PORT-AU-PRINCE | 2011


CYVADIER | 2010



...they say it's crazy