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Faces of Haiti

Ten days after the massive earthquake in Haiti, some 80,000 of the estimated 200,000 dead have been buried, two million residents now find themselves homeless, and hundreds of thousands of them are now trying to flee the capital city. Rescue crews are beginning to abandon hope of finding any further survivors in the rubble - the last person to be pulled out alive was on was rescued on Wednesday, the 20th. Aid agencies are still ramping up their efforts - the Red Cross alone has deployed what it calls its greatest deployment of emergency responders in its 91-year history. Collected here are some closer looks into recent events in Haiti, seen through the faces of the survivors and the recently-arrived security, rescue and care workers [ Also see earlier entries: 1, 2, 3]. (46 photos total)

A Haitian man washes the face of his wounded family member as he is treated at the Israeli army hospital on January 18, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
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201 comments so far...
1.

My God... crying so hard at work right now. This entry is a marvel of emotions.

Posted by Genoa January 22, 10 12:26 PM
2.

Nearly brought to tears by these photos.
Words cannot express how emotional they are.
I hope with all my heart that the aid starts to get through and the Haitian people pull through - they've suffered more than any of us can imagine.

Posted by Susannah January 22, 10 12:37 PM
3.

Thank you for compiling this gallery.

I think we've all grown tired of looking at the images of devastation, and wanted to see some images of emotion and hope.

My favorite is #25...

FYI: a mistake on the caption of #28; it should say "as he is transferred" and not "as he his transferred" ...

Posted by Eugene January 22, 10 12:48 PM
4.

I teach a lot of Haitians in Philadelphia and even here we can feel their pain and loss. It is amazing how such a world can exist so close to our shores. Maybe now the world will pay attention. Of course it may be too late.

Posted by teacherman January 22, 10 12:49 PM
5.

Wow. This is far and away the most moving, heart wrenching, and emotional collection of photos I've seen since the beginning of the quakes.

Posted by Daniel January 22, 10 12:54 PM
6.

Il mio abbraccio ai sopravvisuti, il pianto per i caduti.

Posted by Nicola January 22, 10 01:06 PM
7.

An amazing set of images.

If you haven't already donated here's the link http://www.unicef.org.uk/give/index.asp?page=32

Posted by @designcartel January 22, 10 01:11 PM
8.

thank you so much for posting these and your great work! also and even more importantly for all the great work everyone is doing in haiti!!!

I am all teared up right now...

this is so unfair!

Posted by teymur madjderey January 22, 10 01:12 PM
9.

Awesome pictures Alan. I'm Dominican, we're doing the best be can, hope is the last thing you can lose.

Human nature can make us do crazy things sometimes like we see in the images above. Haiti is getting all the help they can get but they must start by helping each other.

Posted by Anonumous January 22, 10 01:15 PM
10.

Sh*t... These one brought tears to my eyes, number 14.... that's a powerfull one. Damn.

Posted by Willie coyote January 22, 10 01:16 PM
11.

I'm so glad The Big Pic is presenting these Haitian galleries. I've been pretty disconnected from the trials and tribulations of the earthquake disaster as I don't keep up on world news. So I thank you for publishing these amazingly real photographs

Posted by Greg Washington January 22, 10 01:16 PM
12.

they need help!we need help them!

Posted by Gustavo Andrade January 22, 10 01:20 PM
13.

#43 is incredibly powerful

Posted by Dave D January 22, 10 01:23 PM
14.

This set of pictures conveys the suffering of Haitian people more than any other pictures or videos. Truly heartbreaking!
You can feel the pain and suffering when you stare at those eyes!
Picture #14 made me tear up pretty bad. I was thinking, what if that was my child?!
The Haitian government should be held accountable for such a bad or no response to such a catastrophe! The lawlessness seems to be affecting how the international aid is being distributed. It seems like even the police who is suppose to protect the public are free to shoot any looters they want. Granted it's wrong to steal other people properties but using live bullets is just wrong! Are the police working for the Haitian elite or are they working for the people! Thanks to those countries who sent doctors, nurses, volunteers, rescue workers, medicine, food, water, money and soldiers to keep peace in a country that needs it pretty bad. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Posted by Jon M January 22, 10 01:26 PM
15.

So moving, the pictures say so much. I looked through them twice, and then sat and showed my 15yr old daughter. We both ended up with tears rolling down our cheeks.

Posted by Lindsay wakelin photography January 22, 10 01:28 PM
16.

No words. Just tears.

Posted by Amber January 22, 10 01:29 PM
17.

Es una pena lo que a ocurrido en el hermano pais de Haiti.

Posted by Russel-Italia!!! January 22, 10 01:29 PM
18.

There are no words.

Thank you.

The children at our school are emptying their piggy banks to help.

Posted by jr January 22, 10 01:32 PM
19.

Amazing how these images convey the feelings so well, I dream of reaching this level of photography one day.

Posted by Frederik January 22, 10 01:32 PM
20.

Really priceless photos!

Posted by Martin Fält January 22, 10 01:39 PM
21.

Look at their eyes .... telling unwilling to be there, even with good health they are still very worry what's next

Posted by Antonio January 22, 10 01:40 PM
22.

Heart Moving post...

Posted by Aditya January 22, 10 01:41 PM
23.

Wow, that was intense...

..but that was the point.

#3 got me good. Among all the pain and chaos lies her smile.

Posted by Dan January 22, 10 01:44 PM
24.

The emotions on these faces...

Posted by DK January 22, 10 01:45 PM
25.

Can we _please_ stop using the word looters. How about "resourceful survivors repurpose materials salvaged from the debris."

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175194/tomgram%3A_rebecca_solnit%2C_in_haiti%2C_words_can_kill/

Posted by Rachel Chalmers January 22, 10 01:48 PM
26.

awesome!!!!

Posted by dennis January 22, 10 01:50 PM
27.

What beautiful people! Praying for all of them right now.

Posted by Deets January 22, 10 01:50 PM
28.

Your testify is priceless !

Thank you so much and go on


Philippe ( From France)

Posted by Philippe ARNAUD January 22, 10 01:54 PM
29.

Wow these pictures are very stunning. I really wish I could be there helping my fellow Haitian brothers and sisters

Posted by Richard Jack-James January 22, 10 01:54 PM
30.

touching pics ,that's so sad.
we need to help them .

Posted by zak January 22, 10 01:57 PM
31.

es desastrosa ver todas esas fotos mientra las veo las lagrimas salen

Posted by virgilio blanco January 22, 10 01:57 PM
32.

Great pictures, but I didn't see any looters - I saw desperate people using what's available to survive. The word "looting" just doesn't apply in these kinds of circumstances.

Posted by Jeremy January 22, 10 02:00 PM
33.

Absolutely astounding.

The sway of emotions - rolling - from photo to photo. We have been so inundated in a media blitz of streamed consciousness for the last 9 days, our own numbness is setting in.

But these photos ... no more silent than the maw of emotions roaring upward out of our bowls as we view them ... play an anthem for all humanity to hear. These images accost, heal, repulse, attract, tear, suture, conclave and disperse in concert as we view them.

These photos serve as a collective jolt back to reality of the need in Haiti.

Frames 43-46 are so powerful. In four images, they cover the entirety of the agony and the ecstasy of the human condition. Images worth revisiting, regularly.

None of us can afford to allow the need of the Haitian peoples to escape our current consciousness. For none of us are more than the flick of a gnat's wing from being the next desultory of nature.

Posted by Les Booth January 22, 10 02:06 PM
34.

Those pictures express the situation how is in Haiti now...

Posted by Jan Pavlik January 22, 10 02:09 PM
35.

Picture # 8 moved me a lot because i´m Mexican and i´m cryin too, i´m very proud of all the people from all nations who are there helping and trying to give some comfort to the people who lost everything.

Posted by David January 22, 10 02:32 PM
36.

Realmente es muy triste lo que esta sucediendo en Haiti. Por suerte, la Republica Dominicana ha mostrado toda su solidaridad con el vecino pais. Ojala la ayuda internacional sea menos burocratica y que lleguen lo mas pronto posible para evitar que sobrevivientes al Terremoto sigan perdiendo sus vidas por falta de alimentacion y atenciones medicas.

Posted by Randy Pena January 22, 10 02:45 PM
37.

es triste ver por la situacion que vive ese pais pero lo mas triste es ver como se sarvan algunos del sismo y luego lo mate un policia por un poco de comida que con la situacion que atrviensan estan desesperado yo le pido alos militares que se pongan en su lugar a unque sea por un dias para ke se den cuenta el porke estan desespera porfa paciencia con los ke sobrevibieron a esto ke es grade.

Posted by ivelisse January 22, 10 02:51 PM
38.

God, send help for these beautiful people. Thank you Big Picture.

These took some time to look through... time to really take in the situation. I have two hands and a heart. I hope to go there as soon as possible. Maybe this summer.

Posted by AndrewM January 22, 10 02:53 PM
39.

Desde España, gracias por el aporte.

Impresionantes imagenes... ... Mucho dolor en los ojos de los niños.

Posted by Marieta January 22, 10 02:55 PM
40.

Heel veel sterkte voor de mensen in Haiti!!
Ik denk aan jullie....

Veel liefs voor iedereen daar!

Hartelijke groeten en veels liefs en warmte voor jullie
van mij vanuit Nederland.(Nijverdal)

xxx Mariëtte Véronique

Posted by Mariëtte Véronique January 22, 10 03:18 PM
41.

Excelente, Dios proteja a nuestros hermanos Haitianos

Posted by Santo Domingo January 22, 10 03:27 PM
42.

These are the most thruthful images I've seen so far. It's just provides me with the confirmation that even though a lot of people died they are still survivors fighting to get back to their feet. Thank you for sharing this to the world and let angels, archangels and light workers provide that country with the necessary light they need to keep on, surviving, having faith and living, one step at a time.

Posted by ray of light =) January 22, 10 03:28 PM
43.

This gallery is super incredible. A hell of a lot of emotion and some really good images, wonderful and painful moments. My only complaint is that, from a photojournalism point of view, I really wish the captions had names. An image says one thing, but a caption adds a lot to it--they connect you with the people in the images. I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of story.

Posted by Sean January 22, 10 03:33 PM
44.

FACES OF PAIN. I have to pray more, I can : "feel" somehow their emotional pain. Is sad. I pray for their relief. How much I wish to be there for them, and help them out.

Posted by Luz Rivera Perez January 22, 10 03:37 PM
45.

This express the situation how is in Haiti now... Day to day after earthq...
we, In Dominican Republic can feel their pain and loss every day.

Posted by Dawin January 22, 10 03:39 PM
46.

IMAGENES MUY MUY DESGRARRADORAS, PERO ES LA REALIDAD EN CARNE PROPIA DE UN PUEBLO...SOLO NOS QUEDA A LOS DOMINICANOS DAR NUESTRO APOYO TOTAL,HAITI NOS NECESITA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA OREMOS POR ELLOS...:(

Posted by JOHANNA NUÑEZ January 22, 10 03:48 PM
47.

IMAGENES MUY MUY DESGRARRADORAS, PERO ES LA REALIDAD EN CARNE PROPIA DE UN PUEBLO...SOLO NOS QUEDA A LOS DOMINICANOS DAR NUESTRO APOYO TOTAL,HAITI NOS NECESITA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA OREMOS POR ELLOS...:(

Posted by JOHANNA NUÑEZ January 22, 10 03:51 PM
48.

MY HEART ACHES FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING AND HAVE DIED IN HAITI. I WOULD GO IN A MINUTE TO HELP THEM IF
I COULD.

GOD BLESS ALL THE MEDICAL, SPIRITUAL AND ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB TRYING TO GET FOOD, WATER AND MEDICAL & SPIRITUAL HEALING TO ALL THE VICTIMS..GOD SPEED TO ALL THE VICTIMS.

Posted by CAROL January 22, 10 03:52 PM
49.

For god as mourn avoid seeing this, I am in
dominican republic and we have lived through it, with all these
news and seeing this gallery, wao how much punishment is so
painful to see children go through this, all these mothers
people who do not deserve this. I can not imagine the pain
that must be going every Haitian family, only
tell God help ..

Posted by Johanna Santana Mejia January 22, 10 04:00 PM
50.

Life Goes On! - #46 is Beautiful.

Posted by Suri January 22, 10 04:10 PM
51.

wow is all I can say... may the truth that these souls are eternal be stamped on our hearts...

Posted by jon January 22, 10 04:38 PM
52.

Alan, keep the light on the people of Haiti. These pictures are so much more powerful than words. As you can see by the comments, they touch a part of us sometimes unreachable by letters on a page. Thank you for your compassion.

Posted by Ellen Ehle January 22, 10 04:41 PM
53.

I'm so out of words right now after watching this amazing set of pictures. So much pain, so much tears, but when you stop on #46 you start thinking that after the tragedy hope emerges, that lots of lives were lost, but lots more will born to help build a new country. I just can't stop staring at these pics, Haiti need us, we need to keep helping our brothers...

Posted by Joe January 22, 10 04:49 PM
54.

Since when did scavenging become looting?

Posted by Chum January 22, 10 05:12 PM
55.

#44, 45, and 46... life goes on.

Posted by JJ January 22, 10 05:14 PM
56.

Too hard to watch this... it took my breath away and I am clearing the tears of my eyes...

Posted by Rodrigo Blanco January 22, 10 05:29 PM
57.

just i can say, blessing for this peolple.

Posted by Manuel Soto January 22, 10 05:29 PM
58.

¡Qué tales fotos! Impresionantes y dramáticas.
Me causó gracia y pena a la vez, observar a mi paisano tratando de mantener el control durante un reparto de alimentos; ni en su tierra habrá gritado y renegado como esta vez...
Gracias Boston Globe

Posted by Fer Spin January 22, 10 05:31 PM
59.

so sad. just unbearable lttle kids shouldnt be getting beaten! its just so sad, but as suri says, life goes on....

Posted by amanda January 22, 10 05:40 PM
60.

May your life be filled with blessings, little baby #46.

Posted by Honolulu January 22, 10 05:41 PM
61.

Who determines the difference between "looting" and "salvage"?

Posted by sgt_majorette January 22, 10 05:51 PM
62.

Thanks for all these excellent posts; however, one criticism (albeit, perhaps it should be directed elsewhere since it regards captions)
"looters" is a loaded word, clearly subject to misuse; yes, there are many escaped criminals & a resurgence of gangs and yes, there are people trying to protect what's left of businesses-- but since the news continues to be how supplies are bottle-necked at the airport and port, wouldn't it'd be better to err on the side of those suffering and not use this label?

Posted by ali January 22, 10 05:56 PM
63.

No words. Just tears.

Where are you Lord?

Posted by Anke January 22, 10 06:05 PM
64.

#13 - Thank you to all the health professionals who are there. You inspire me to train in disaster relief when I finish my medical education.

Posted by Heather January 22, 10 06:23 PM
65.

la foto 43 es muy triste matar a alguien por saqueo lo hizo por la necesidad

Posted by sutmaya@hotmail.com January 22, 10 06:41 PM
66.

MI DIOS TODO PODEROSO TEN PIEDAD DEL PUEBLO HAITIANO

Posted by CLARITA January 22, 10 06:44 PM
67.

its hard,
..so sorry ='(
..bless peoples that help you.

Posted by egonsk January 22, 10 07:04 PM
68.

these are heart wraming

Posted by Anonymous January 22, 10 07:22 PM
69.

Very moving and makes you realise the problems of you & I are trivial compared to the life & death situations, the utter desperation these people are experiencing.
Where's the lord someone asked we he aint there like he/she/it isnt in a lot of places of this earth so much suffering every day of every year yes I'm agnostic but sincerely wish sometime I would be proved wrong.
The last photo is superb and one of hope for the citzens there.

Posted by Chris January 22, 10 07:39 PM
70.

What's up with the policeman killing a 15 year old girl (Pic 43)? She was looting, yes, but she was 15 yrs old!?!? That's ridiculous!

Posted by Mike January 22, 10 07:46 PM
71.

GOD BLESS ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE HELPING THE PEOPLE IN HAITI . I WISH I COULD HELP BUT I DO HAVE PLENTY OF PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAITI MAY GOD BLESS THEM AND KEEP THEM STRONG WITHIN THERE HEARTS WHEN THERE BODYS GROW WEAK .

Posted by KYSHA January 22, 10 07:47 PM
72.

What an excellent choice for the last photo, to close the gallery - life, after all... thank you.

Posted by dr January 22, 10 07:48 PM
73.

mi gente dios lo proteja y que tengan mucha fueza para segir hacia delante y nostros somos los que tenemos que dar ayada, mi gente dios lo vendiga AYUDA

Posted by jose rodriguez January 22, 10 07:52 PM
74.

Emergency medical centers almost everywhere were swamped with patients critically injured by the quake. There were dire shortages of surgeons, nurses, medicines and medical tools.
Doctors said patients were dying of sepsis from untreated wounds.
"A large number of those coming here are having to have amputations, since their wounds are so infected," said Brynjulf Ystgaard, a Norwegian surgeon at a Red Cross field hospital.
Doctors and emergency medical personnel, along with medical supplies are still badly needed and are in short supply! If any one can help, please contact the Red Cross or other aid agencies working in Haiti asap! Please pass this along so that others may help.

Posted by Joe F January 22, 10 09:03 PM
75.

Dios aun esta en comtrol. todavia no se acaba su misericordia para todos.

Posted by wendy montilla r. January 22, 10 09:15 PM
76.

Alan, thanks again for all of your hard work collating these photographs. I have shared your links many times over the last few years, but none moreso than these 4 about the devastation in Haiti. My thoughts and best possible wishes go to all those affected and to those helping and attempting to help.

Posted by SimonB January 22, 10 09:24 PM
77.

tambien hay personal de la REPUBLIC DOMINICANA trabajan y colaborando con las personas de haiti....mucos DOMINICANOS colaborando en ese pais. Por si no lo saben..

Posted by jose martinez January 22, 10 09:25 PM
78.

Iam Crying rigth now....just amazing shots...real photography to a real world...

Posted by Claudio M. Mena Morillo///kinkimena January 22, 10 09:27 PM
79.

Sorry Rachel, but political correctness does not make looters noble people. They are thieves, and they deserve whatever reaction happens to them for taking what is not theirs. Everyone else is in the same boat, no one has a right to take what is not theirs at the expense of others. Period.

Posted by Eric January 22, 10 09:44 PM
80.

Excelente galería de fotos gracias...

Posted by Alberto de la Rosa January 22, 10 09:51 PM
81.

If you think that your life sucks just because youre bored with what ure doing, why not be thankful and think of how fortunate you are that youre not in that situtation...

Posted by Nikka January 22, 10 10:27 PM
82.

Beautiful photography, beautiful snapshots in time that tell so much

Posted by Elizabeth January 22, 10 10:29 PM
83.

My Heart Cries out to the people of Haiti
Let all who are gone RIP
And all who are Alive be in Peace and Hope
Thanks to all those who are helping the needful

Love and Strength to the People of Haiti
Dear God!
Forgive us for we know not what we do
Forgive us and give hope to do what we do
Forgive us to Love and Live
Forgive us to Forgive

Posted by Mahesh Kumar V January 22, 10 10:31 PM
84.

Sorry Eric, but human lives are more important than property rights.

Posted by Rachel Chalmers January 22, 10 11:00 PM
85.

we are tiny before the nature.
Bless human beings

Posted by Rland January 22, 10 11:01 PM
86.

poor ppl of Haiti. i would hate to be them. Oh and not to be mean but they need to get together and help each other out instead of fighting over each other.

Posted by Yarely Anaid January 22, 10 11:04 PM
87.

I so appreciate this website. Pictures truly speak a million words. Beautiful work in capturing the intense suffering. I am saddened and sickened that a 15 year old was killed for stealing a painting (which would have probably been bulldozed away eventually). To think a painting is worth more than a human life. Awful. And I can not call the young man eating a bag of found chips a looter either. Any one of us would do the very same thing if we were hungry and homeless. Chances are the chips would go to waste. Such frivolities in such desperate times.

Posted by Bean Counter January 22, 10 11:19 PM
88.

The 46 pic..........is an angel .......no words......

Posted by King January 23, 10 12:32 AM
89.

beautiful photos capturing the heart of the haitian people during this tragic time. God bless Haiti!

Posted by helene friedberg January 23, 10 12:57 AM
90.

God bless the people of Haiti. May God give them strength to stand up strong over this tragedy. Hopefully, more people comes from other countries to help them.

Posted by Unity January 23, 10 01:33 AM
91.

Being homeless with two children at one time myself due to domestic violence, I would have done anything to keep them fed. I was lucky, there was a food bank to go to. What if there wasn't? Yep, I be digging through the rubble to find food for my kids and myslef. How can it be looting when the only food and wanter is in rubble. Honestly do you think the store owner cares at this point? I think they would want people to eat and not starve. I do not believe the letter of the law was intended to make people starve, do you?

Posted by Chiers January 23, 10 01:39 AM
92.

Eric, I really wonder if you'd have the guts and the moral strength to stand and just watch at some food while maybe your kids are screaming for food a few blocks away. You really believe you'd leave that loaf of bread behind, walk home (or whatever is left of it) and say "sorry my son but that food didn't belong to me"? Waow.

Posted by ben wilhelmi January 23, 10 01:44 AM
93.

Words are tough to come out .. if the pictures are like this I cannot imagine the real picture there in Haiti...
Thanks for brings these pictures to us

Posted by Viny January 23, 10 01:55 AM
94.

It saddens me and angers me that the "looter" are not recognized as survivors. That they have the audacity to kill the individuals who are trying to exist. I do not understand how they expect desperate people to stand in orderly lines. I don't not understand how water and simple rations can not be rapidly distributed by helicopter. I do not understand why we don't hear how big pharma and the Walmart's of the world donating massive amounts of medication and supplies.

I guess when it comes to looting vs. scavanging vs. surviving. If you found a bottle of water under rubble, would you take it?

Posted by Amazed At People's Lack Of Insight January 23, 10 01:59 AM
95.

bonjour MONDE bonjour TERRE ...
nous sommes une fraterie sur cette terre qui nous a vue naitre ..alors que je ne voyai plus d'espoir dans un monde ou les seul valeurs sont celle du CAC ou du DAX ,des hommes et des femmes de toutes nationalitée, confession et de couleurs de peau ,s'unise pour venir en aide au peuple Haitien ,je trouve que l'hommes bon ,est mon espoir d'un monde plus humain germe a nouveau en moi...
merci a tout ces hommes &femmes, pour leurs travaille pour l'exemple qu'il nous donne ,nous ne pouvons pas tous nous rendre sur les lieux de ce drame pour aider ,mais regardon un peu autour de nous, nous avons tous devant notre porte un drame a notre portée et souvent um mot ou un geste ,et pourquois pas un simple sourire peuvent changer la face de notre petit monde ....
alors homme de bonne volontée aider ,aidon notre prochain ,nous sommes fraterie ...
amicalement
charbonnier antoine
merci de m'avoir lu

de m'avoir lu...

Posted by charbonnier January 23, 10 02:06 AM
96.

I can not see all the Pix.. i m not able to say nything. they really need our help... God bless them.......... i wil pray for them al the time..

Posted by Mcnamee Robert January 23, 10 02:16 AM
97.

picture 29
The face of the compassion
Thank you very much for these marvellous photos

From despair to hope

Blandine ( de France )

Posted by blandine January 23, 10 02:40 AM
98.

Sad picture....but plain Truth of life ...No matter how much we advance , we are helpless against super almighty ...

May God gives powers and peace to people of Haiti.

~ Anup

Posted by Anup January 23, 10 04:06 AM
99.

It makes me mad as HELL when I think of all the SCUM in America that have used, robbed, stolen, ect...The Crooked Politicians, Rougue Cops, Fat Cat Bankers, ect......Why can't there be real justice? Why do people with nothing to begin with have to suffer even more?

Posted by Anonymous January 23, 10 05:35 AM
100.

Just when you think you've had a bad day.......the Big Picture brings you back to earth.

Great photo's quite moving.

Posted by David Lyon January 23, 10 06:15 AM
101.

Sometimes the world is a cruel place. May God have mercy on those people.

Posted by Boris/Bulgaria January 23, 10 06:39 AM
102.

picture 46, life goes on!

Posted by javier January 23, 10 08:12 AM
103.

As Canadians we have no idea the hardships, the losses and the pain that these poor people are going through. My prayers go out to them all to stay strong during such a difficult time. I am appalled at the police shooting people for stealing food...these poor people are desperate and starving. Is it really necessary to shoot a 15 year old girl because she's stealing in such a time of crisis!!?? I would love to adopt one of those beautiful little ones that are without parents today. God bless them all!

Posted by Sonya Kingsbury January 23, 10 09:12 AM
104.

Thank you to all the photographers who took these heart-wrenching photos. Well done!! Let's hope they jerk some moeny form the rich people and rich countries of the world.How can the wealthy of the world stand by and ignore this. The bankers and others who have made their money at the expense of the poor should donate all their wages and bouses to aid those who have nothing.They won't because they are a heartless and selfish bunch..

Posted by Richard Farrar January 23, 10 11:04 AM
105.

There is no such thing as a LOOTER under these circumstances. These are just desperate, starving people trying to survive. Any spoils from this disaster are up for grabs. Why should the food lay in the rubble while people die!?

Stop killing looters. They are victims.

Posted by IMHO January 23, 10 12:30 PM
106.

It is really heartbreaking to see what these poor people are going through, and I thank God that my loved ones are not affected by this. The police need to lighten the F up. With all of the death and destruction, who cares if people are looting?!

Posted by The Wookie January 23, 10 03:34 PM
107.

thx on this....

R.I.P for those who didn't have luck....

Posted by zelac January 23, 10 03:36 PM
108.

Thanks again Alan. These images speak volumes.

Posted by Gaurav January 23, 10 03:45 PM
109.

All countries sent help to haitian people, so how come only israeli and american efforts are shown on these photos ???

Posted by Norbert January 23, 10 04:01 PM
110.

Looters...that's what they are. Looters steal everything...survivors steal only food, water, medications....neccessities. The poor girl was "killed by a policeman while looting wall hangings." Are wall hangings needed? Edible?

Can you not see that desperation is forgiven, profit is not? Unabated looting and thuggery only encourages others to do the same...TV sets, A/C Units...remember New Orleans? Allowing people to loot brings even more chaos and disorder. I'm sure she was ordered to stop, but, thinking like some of you, she did not realize an order in this situation must be obeyed. It is horrible and tragic that she died and the the police there do not even have less than lethal weapons. Horrible and heartbreaking all around. Where is the help? What a shameful, backward government!!! The poor people of Haiti deserve more help!

Rescue is over!!!??????? The buildings are made of cement blocks, wood, etc. They are not steel and concrete like in the U.S.. There are many others still alive in pockets....everyday they are rescuing people. Why give up so easily? The elements are not inhospitable...there is no cold, no snow, etc. Construction is pretty simple. The buildings flimsy. People can do amazing things, but not when bulldozers run over them.

Posted by J. T. January 23, 10 04:21 PM
111.

LO BUENO DE TODO, ES QUE NO ES POR BURLA, ES UNA BUENA EXHIBICIÓN Y SE MUESTRA EL TRABAJO. JUNTOS PODEMOS LOGRAR UN CAMBIO. TUVO QUE SER HAITÍ EL DETONANTE, PERO TODOS PODEMOS AYUDAR DE UNA FORMA U OTRA.

Posted by Ed January 23, 10 04:54 PM
112.

nice faces

Posted by michael January 23, 10 05:13 PM
113.

Many of the above comments chastise Alan for using the word 'looters', asking how/why folks are earning that label simply for trying to survive. Those saying such things would do best to consider that not all looting is done for purposes of survival. Case in point: #43. The caption states that the wailing woman's daughter was killed while looting wall hangings. Not food, not water, not medical supplies. No: decorative artwork. It's a shame, of course, that a 15-year-old girl lost her life over such a petty thing (after God Himself ruthlessly killed 100,000+ seemingly on a whim), but that's life. And that's death.

The fact of the matter is, the prevention of rampant looting after a catastrophe is one of the four cornerstones necessary for society to regain its wobbly footing amidst the chaos. Medical care; food/water; shelter; law and order. There are several very good reasons even advanced societies maintain "looters will be shot on sight" laws.

Posted by Jim Pettit January 23, 10 06:00 PM
114.

Stupid American military! Always have to be where they aren't wanted. American PIGS! Oh, wait...they're helping people by being the first on the ground to provide aid. Must be because they have a black president now, since George Bush hated black people. Could you put up some pictures of Iraq or Afghanistan, so we can go back to hating the military troops?

Posted by Han Solo January 23, 10 06:07 PM
115.

J. T. and Jim Pettit: People are salvaging wall hangings to make shelter. There are tens of thousands of homeless people in makeshift tents because their houses have collapsed.

Posted by Rachel Chalmers January 23, 10 08:42 PM
116.

Las imagenes hablan por si solas. Momentos de angustia y dolor, pero también hay rostros de esperanza...Que Dios bendiga a cada uno de los sobrevivientes y de fuerza a los ayudantes y voluntarios.Honestamente deseo que el futuro les depare algo mejor a las personas de Haiti...

Posted by G.C January 23, 10 10:00 PM
117.

Looking at these really touch the heart....

And it reminds you that these people will have to live with these scars for the rest of their days.
Emotional AND physical.

It's amazing to think and realize how the whole world really does come together in such a crisis.

Posted by Bailey January 24, 10 12:04 AM
118.

es increible como este ese pais hoy, tenemos k saber k hay un dios muy grande y nos ayudara a ayudar esas personas y niños k hoy nos necesitan, dios esta siempre con ellos en cada momento k pasa. dios los bendice.

Posted by Anonymous January 24, 10 04:17 AM
119.

Lump in my throat and tear in my eye.
One of the most moving sets I think I've ever seen on this site.
:(

Posted by David January 24, 10 07:52 AM
120.

Powerful shots.

Posted by Krzysiek January 24, 10 07:53 AM
121.

thrilling shots !!!
OMG

Posted by jayant kaushik January 24, 10 08:34 AM
122.

As the workers of Partners in Health know so well, he Haitian peoples have been enduring a state of emergency for so many decades--in a larger sense, several centuries, ever since the Europeans first colonized the land and dragged thousands of routinely kidnapped West Africans to labor, and see their vchildren's children labor, enslaved for the profit of their captors. That it takes a disaster of this magnitude to engage the active concern of more privileged folk worldwide is a wretched truth. But let this horrendous loss be at least the catalyst for a genuine longterm commitment by lots more organizations to assist the Haitian people in their efforts to build a sustainable future for the poeple. God bless them, and all who labor to help.

Posted by Elaine Apthorp January 24, 10 08:44 AM
123.

Great shots! But I'm missing some photos about the Brazilian troops and his help.

Posted by Raphael Saldanha January 24, 10 09:57 AM
124.

I hate the word "looter." These people are just trying to survive. Cut them some slack!

Posted by Dane Deasy January 24, 10 01:18 PM
125.

t's amazing what we see in these images, the need that this submerged the Haitian people, we must give our helping hand to these people who really need it, I'm from Dominican Republic and I have lived in this bitter flesh esperam experience that God Almighty have mercy to all mankind and rid us of devastation like this, but as I always say to God be the glory GOD BLESS YOU ALL
ING. EDWINCARO
ingedwincaro@gmail.com

Posted by edwin caro January 24, 10 03:09 PM
126.

i wish i could be there right now helping.

Posted by Josh January 24, 10 05:44 PM
127.

The face i will remember most is this tragedy is Len Gengel. My thoughts will be with that family forever, and for the people that made negative comments about him and his family, i will pray for them to be better...

Posted by Mark Kline January 24, 10 07:44 PM
128.

This truly helped bring it home to me, I am already involved with my church to help Haiti - but these hauntingly beautiful and torcherous images shows both light at the end of the tunnel, and the pain that continues...God bless everyone and all that survived, and all who help...

Posted by Leah Quinn January 24, 10 07:54 PM
129.

this is so sad....very touching pictures...This is just too much for Haiti. Haiti is in dire need right now for help...Haiti needs the world right now to help them out and the world's prayers.....God Bless Haiti!

Posted by Anonymous January 25, 10 03:07 AM
130.

Excellent excellent, fine artman ship, I love the hair , the skin, the breasts, everything, the emotion. I love the tear stained faces. Excellent photos.
I need to give some cash!

Posted by Fauz January 25, 10 04:11 AM
131.

There are so many there who will need help in a month, a year and in two years. Find the long-term workers and those who are making a difference and support them as well.

Posted by Jonathan Wilson January 25, 10 04:19 AM
132.

I'm glad America is there.

Posted by Cork January 25, 10 05:21 AM
133.

"From God do we come and unto Him do we return"that is what gives us peace and a relief after such a calamity which destroyed Haiti.

Posted by 4 the people of Haiti January 25, 10 06:45 AM
134.

Picture #4 is going to haunt me for a while :(

Posted by Rajesh Vijayarajan January 25, 10 08:42 AM
135.

Really special pictures, they give a good impression of the horrible situation over there..

Posted by Max van der Wiel January 25, 10 08:47 AM
136.

beautiful, scarring pictures. However, use of the word "looting" in the context of this disaster is disgraceful. Whoever wrote the captions does a disservice to the photographs.

Posted by John January 25, 10 11:17 AM
137.

Salutes to all those relief workers... we are proud of you

Posted by Jitender Kumar January 25, 10 11:58 AM
138.

IMPRESIONANTE!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by RONNY January 25, 10 12:08 PM
139.

God bless them.

Posted by angela January 25, 10 03:07 PM
140.

My wife and I both gave blood and 400 dollars each to Red Cross . Let Lauren and I know in comments if this is the wrong way to help out or if there is better way to help out .

Posted by Jay and Lauren January 25, 10 04:08 PM
141.

Que fuerza en aqullas imagenes,no pueden dejar indiferentes a nadie.

Posted by cieloyotro January 25, 10 07:45 PM
142.

#46 gives me chills...in all the suffering and loss...a new baby is born...

Posted by Shannon January 25, 10 10:16 PM
143.

Seeing the crush of people in the food lines it is so easy to scream 'just give them food' but realize that this is a DISASTER there is no infrastructure left, roads are blocked- rubble everywhere.
It is beautiful to see so many countries coming together to help the people of Haiti. This does not come easily, it takes time to coordinate. Do not be harsh in judgment.
The people are scared, there are many aftershocks. Hopefully as the days go on the people of Haiti will know that they are not alone, they will have food, water, and shelter- it will just take time.

Posted by Belva Wilson January 26, 10 01:02 AM
144.

200,000 dead,2 million buried,i wonder what is the population of Haiti,did the earthquake hit the whole country?

Posted by Anonymous January 26, 10 04:55 AM
145.

Thyanks for the pics. "A picture is worth a thousand words" is still very true.

Posted by Larry Hines January 26, 10 07:04 AM
146.

Amazing shots but just for tell us how much we have to continue praying, helping in every way to find the relief for them.

Posted by Lynette January 26, 10 07:10 AM
147.

Solo Dios puede dar consuelo en un momento así, Se k es dificil tan solo ver las imagenes pero Basta saber que Dios esta aqui.

Posted by Reyna Alvares January 26, 10 07:59 AM
148.

Imágenes sumamente tristes y desgarradoras. Seguiremos orando y aportando en la manera en que se pueda para que estas familias puedan superar toda esta situación tan terrible que les ha tocado vivir...

Posted by Marisela January 26, 10 09:04 AM
149.

Excelente trabajo documental del terremoto de HAITÍ, tremendas imágenes y de muy alta calidad, felicito al fotógrafo son imágenes que hablan de lo fuerte del momento y levantan sentimientos indescriptibles en quien las ve.

Posted by mayra johnson January 26, 10 09:46 AM
150.

Photo Number 41 touches me deeply. I think people would rather help each other, I think you're the same opinion as me. It's hard to see her ... Where is God for these poor people.

Posted by Anonymous January 26, 10 10:03 AM
151.

This picture are so sad and it's so difficult to see that...

Posted by David January 26, 10 10:14 AM
152.

Photo number 34 really made me very touched by seeing young people catch to nourish ..

Posted by myrtille January 26, 10 10:15 AM
153.

no comments... its heartbreaking...

Posted by airina January 26, 10 10:35 AM
154.

picture 11 is very cute

Posted by Bbey-Galsen January 26, 10 11:04 AM
155.

the baby is beautiful. I adore children. TOO CUTE....

Posted by THIISHA (L) January 26, 10 11:04 AM
156.

it is a very bad tragedies who appenred to Haiti.

Posted by joseph January 26, 10 11:07 AM
157.

the poor, must contribute to help. I pity her. The GO Hayti

Posted by Reda Amouche January 26, 10 11:10 AM
158.

Wondering where are the Brazilian soldiers in this photos.
They have working hard to keep Haiti safe during the last years and now what? Desappeared? AS US SOLDIERS came from the sky?

Come on.

Posted by Bruno Borges January 26, 10 12:29 PM
159.

Learning from my experience with organizing during the Tsunami in January 2005, this time around, I refrained for looking at ANY photographs, video news reports, anything which could haunt my days and nights in my mind's eye.

It was only until this moment that I trusted by gut to type in the url and see humanity here in The Big Picture.

These faces.

There are no words.

These images bear witness to humanity's struggle to smile despite everything.

Thank You Big Picture.

HiMY SYeD / Toronto

Posted by HiMY SYeD / Toronto January 26, 10 03:55 PM
160.

People in Haiti are really suffering.
The human misery is unimaginable.
It would certainly take long for people to resume their normal lives.
Hope there is no major disaster in near future and the world community is given chance to concentrate their efforts in rebuilding Haiti.

Posted by Piyoosh Rautela January 27, 10 01:45 AM
161.

Why doesn't the world force France to return the thirty-some BILLION dollars it LOOTED out of Haiti? Haitians could then independently progress, as they would have, had they not been violated by all the countries who failed to uphold justice when it mattered. Without total restitution, their aid is hypocritical farce.

Go back to the history you skipped to find out WHY Haiti was made so destitute. Haiti was once a paradise.

Posted by Rosemary Kralik January 27, 10 02:32 AM
162.

Pour Cork (post 132)...
Ce n'est un drapeau qui sauvera la planète !!!
On se fout que l'Americain, le français ou l'espagnol soit présent ou non... Seul l'être humain peut sauver l'être humain !!!!!
Et ce n'est pas gagné...

Posted by Fabien / Paris January 27, 10 04:51 AM
163.

im sooo sorry

Posted by Anonymous January 27, 10 08:56 AM
164.

omg yhis is sooo heart breaking my gut hurts sooo much and ithink i mihgt die soon wellim not this is heart breaking even for a 7th graeder like me

and my initiols are b.v

Posted by Anonymous January 27, 10 03:44 PM
165.

very touching pictures...
"The sky is falling
the globe is warming
the countrie's waring
leaders are lying
time is running
lower and lower,
nowhere to go ..."
that's what it is eh ? may they all be blessed by the good will for survival and may all the fight for food end.
this makes me cry ...
incredibly good shots and intresting choice of the order.

Posted by tecca January 27, 10 05:46 PM
166.

This is truly heartbreaking to see these poor people go through all of this. May God be with them in there hour of darkness. May God also be with all of the people there to help.
To Han Solo: your comments are only proceeded by your ignorance. As far as the U.S. military goes, yup, they are in places they aren't welcome at times, as they serve our Government. However, go to this URL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Unified_Response to educate yourself a bit before doing yourself the disservice of making a fool of yourself in such a forum as this.

Posted by R. G. Hays January 28, 10 02:15 AM
167.

Quite a few tears, I wish I was there to physically help. May they be in all of our prayers, especially as the weeks turn into months and years. GOD BLESS!

Posted by Joanna January 28, 10 10:39 AM
168.

the new baby that was born after the eathquake is so lucky.

Posted by Anonymous January 28, 10 06:05 PM
169.

Really great pictures of this tragic moment in Haiti!

Posted by Roberto January 29, 10 09:32 AM
170.

>>"GOD BLESS ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE HELPING THE PEOPLE IN HAITI "

...I thought the meek were supposed to inherit the earth, not be destroyed by it...

Posted by steve January 29, 10 04:01 PM
171.

Bery Very painful to see, Human Being are suffering like that.....

Posted by Bockarie kanu January 29, 10 04:27 PM
172.

Thank You.
Beautiful pics.

Posted by Anonymous January 30, 10 11:57 AM
173.

Damn....

Posted by Zecher January 30, 10 07:22 PM
174.

all pictures are very emotional.. but the last one is also full of hope. brought tears to my eyes.. i wish them all the best from now on.

Posted by ana January 31, 10 03:25 AM
175.

This is voyeurism at its best. The question is not whether you can show everything or not, but why you show them in these numbers.The world has seen enough of these sufferings and posting this amount of misery and suffering does not add anything to information. These pictures assure us that we are different, our fate is different and our future is different. These pictures have been stolen on voiceless, sometimes dying persons. These pictures do not belong to the photographers who made them.

Posted by Ram January 31, 10 09:04 AM
176.

Fotos que mostram como somos fracos perante a natureza!
Que além das grandes potências mundiais, os demais países ajudem o Haiti!

Deus os abençoe!!

(Diogo - Brasil)

Posted by Diogo Diez Gonçalves January 31, 10 09:36 AM
177.

Hallo. Hat mir jemand geschickt. Dachte Du waerst vielleicht auch interessiert. Susan

Posted by Susan January 31, 10 02:10 PM
178.

May God help Haiti. Be thankful for what you have. Think of how fortunate we are in this country. God bless Haiti.

Posted by Mary January 31, 10 07:59 PM
179.

Great pictures... So much pain..... Thank you for showing these images.

Fred

Posted by frederic valis January 31, 10 09:51 PM
180.

Excelentes fotos! sin duda nos muestran la realidad tan cruda qeu vive haiti en estos tiempos!

Posted by Florencia Pravia February 1, 10 09:33 AM
181.

There will be else wonderfully ...

There will be else normally ...

Posted by nomad February 1, 10 02:32 PM
182.

I feel so bad for them hope u get some help good luck......................

Posted by alexus February 1, 10 05:07 PM
183.

sad, very sad

Posted by fede February 1, 10 06:58 PM
184.

poor people and how happy should be all that workers , wherever they come from, who had the chance of helping Haitian people.

Posted by andrea arenares February 1, 10 09:33 PM
185.

ENTRE TODO LO QUE DEBEMOS DE HACER, LA MAS IMPORTANTE ES PEDIRLE A DIOS QUE VOLTEE HACIA ELLOS, ORAR TODOS LOS DIAS PORQUE SE RECUPEREN Y DIOS LES DE LA ACEPTACIÓN ANTE ESTA DESGRACIA, DESPUES DE VER ESTAS FOTOGRAFIAS................................................ QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA.

Posted by JUAN MARCOS ESPINOSA February 1, 10 09:48 PM
186.

mucha paz para aquellos que quedaron con vida y fuerza creo q si todos aportamos un granito de arena para ayudar no importa q tan lejos estemos el dolor lo vivimos de cerca FUERZA HERMANOS AHITIANOS!!!!!

Posted by sil February 2, 10 06:11 AM
187.

So impresive pictures, but I feel very bad about someone taking pictures of all this tragedy. I´m not sure if it is ethical neither nice, cause the photographer should be helping people instead of taking advantage of the sufer and pain of others. Just for people like me and you, confortably sitted in front of a computer inside a clean and nice building feel closer to all this. If someone really wants to know how things are going there, they should go there and help. Not be looking all the horror in a screen, as it is fiction and not real life and real people.

Posted by Luciana February 2, 10 06:16 AM
188.

I don't hold anyone accountable for looting if they are looting water and food. I have four children and would do the same for them in a heart beat if I was in a situation like these people. What I don't understand is the people who loot other items that have nothing to do with survival. In one photo it states that a young women is caught stealing wall hangings. I know their is so much of that happening, that is why police respond, and it then can become violent. It's really sad that people commit crimes even in a time of such devastating pain and loss.

Posted by Rachel February 2, 10 10:01 AM
189.

Que increible estas fotos que te Llegan a lo mas profundo del corazón, que Dios Tenga Misericordia de Esas vidas y derrame de su bendición sobre Haití

Posted by veronica February 2, 10 12:23 PM
190.

Ahora estamos todos conmovidos por las fotos.....pero qué será de esa gente dentro de un tiempo? Esta tragedia es quizás la oportunidad de ayudarles a construir un país diferente.....no les olvidemos

Posted by Rosa-Maria February 2, 10 01:45 PM
191.

Haiti people is very poor, but maybe god will bless them.^^

Posted by Himeri Timoral February 5, 10 12:16 AM
192.

y quien se acuerda de los pobres de nuestro pais que estan en miseria y tampoco tienen que comer y sufren sin haberles ocurido una tragedia, quien les ayuda a ellos.

Posted by D-mann February 5, 10 01:03 PM
193.

I am from sabah malaysian, so I see you got an earthquake in Haiti, when I observed from this picture, as I heard crying and noisy situations seek help, as ordinary people and simple that so sensitive to the incident involving the suffering of course I so pity with all the injuries and died in an accident, hope the Lord Jesus bless them and all members involved in this operation.

Posted by Fredo Frenandoz February 6, 10 06:22 AM
194.

joder vaya mierda de mundo, si existe Dios donde está?

Posted by Anonymous February 6, 10 04:13 PM
195.

Yo soy un poco pobre y no puedo ayudar cosa que haría de buena gana si tuviese posibilidad de poder hacerlo, pero los que estén mejor de recursos económicos deberían de ayudarles pues no hay nada mas bonito en este mundo que ayudar a alguien desinteresadamente, solo con su sonrisa de agradecimiento de esos pobres niños se deben de sentir pagados como con todo el dinero del mundo. Espero que sigamos dando el ejemplo que nos caracteriza como es conocido en los españoles como el pueblo enormemente solidario que somos y de gran corazón para contribuir en estas causas.

Posted by carlos February 8, 10 08:10 PM
196.

Must to see.....

Posted by Maharaja February 16, 10 02:53 AM
197.

Wow! thats so sad i would hate to be in that position,and have you heard about that "Helping Haiti" song that Simon Cowell made its got loads of famous people singing in it like Mariah Carey,Robbie Willams,Suzan Boyle,Miley Cyrus and all sorts of other people.Its Great!

Posted by Millie February 24, 10 04:45 AM
198.

i feel so bad

Posted by david case March 1, 10 07:05 AM
199.

May the Lord Jesus see them through this tragedy, this is so moving

Posted by Priest Langa October 1, 10 05:20 AM
200.

that boy in picture #12 reminds me alot

Posted by mubarak November 25, 10 10:25 AM
201.

I feel very sad for those who suffer in Hati after that breathe taking earthquake

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