Waf Jeremie

PhotographerMarco Baroncini
Prize1st Place in Book (Series Only)
Entry Description

Waf Jeremie, or Waf, as it is called, is one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Port au Prince, where about 150,000 people live in absolute poverty in tin shacks and in a few brick houses, often inundated by the floods. It raised more than ten years ago on a garbage dump between the sea and a river of black water. There are no toilets or sewers, or water pipes. Electricity has never existed except for a few shacks illegally connected. It’s an area of high risk of diseases and epidemics. Here is one of the first hotbed of cholera in Port-au-Prince. In addition, the floods are very frequent. Even if it rains a little bit, most of this area is covered by water and its shacks too. For gangs and arms dealers it makes simpler to increase their business, because the police forces and United Nations Organization cannot enter in. Waf is one of the areas forbidden by United Nations because it is a very dangereous place. From the day of the earthquake there weren’t organizations inclined to follow developmenting projects on this area. Sister Marcella, since the earthquake, was one of the few “foreigners” that could stay in the slum. She is a Franciscan missionary nurse who has been living here for seven years, developing and carrying out concrete projects to support the population.Thanks to donations received, Sister Marcella could build 122 brick homes, two schools, one social dining hall (300 meals a day for the children), two sets of latrines, one point of distribution of water. She has rebuilt the clinic (destroyed by the earthquake) and a cholera camp, a series of workshops in which teenagers can learn a job (bakery, carpentry ....) and a orphanage. All the revenues from the book sales go to her projects.

About Photographer

Documentary photographer, represented by Corbis Images Agency, he is focused on documenting social issues. He works with several magazines, including the New YorkTimes, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Internazionale. He realized projects of documentation of humanitarian emergencies in conflict areas in behalf of NGO’s, humanitarian associations (MSF, Human Rights Watch, UN, Intersos, Amnesty) and on assignments. In Italy he follows issues related to immigration, the italian crisis and works since early 2000’s on a long term project regarding Gypsies communities. The “New Porrajmos” work on gypsies has participated at the Festival of Photojournalism of Perpignan, Visa pour l'Image 2009, and has been reviewed by the New York Times. In 2005 he published, with other authors, the photo books "Rom, Figli di un Dio minore" (Graffiti) and "The Land of Palestine" (Graffiti) awarded with the Jury Prize at the Orvieto Photo Festival. In 2011, he published the book "Waf Jeremie, the beginning of hope" (Graffiti) on Haiti. In 2012 he published the book “House with no roof” about street kids in Romania. The exhibition of these two projects are running all over Italy. The project on haiti has participated at the Festival of Ethical Photography of Lodi in 2012. Some of his pictures are part of DOCVA photographic archive of MAXXI (National ART Museum of XXI century) Museum of Rome.