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Finalist 2008

Alice Smeets

Growing-up in Haiti


We have already seen many pictures of poor people starving and dying around the world, and I want to go beyond the stereotypical images of poverty. I am interested in the human impact of what an uncertain political situation can provoke.The lack of a social system has resulted in weak healthcare and education, near universal unemployment, high criminality and mortality rates, illiteracy and a missing infrastructure. Children, almost half the country’s population – and Haiti’s future of course – endure slavery or a life on the streets where prostitution and underpaid jobs are part of everyday survival.