Hunger & Rage

by Jan Sochor

Although the Caribbean islands are widely considered as a holiday paradise, Haiti – a state lying in the Greater Antilles – evokes a hell and a disaster rather than anything else. The overall situation on Haiti gets worse every year and the extreme poverty hits more and more people.

The Haitian economics is paralyzed, there is no infrastructure, the population suffers from hunger, social and living conditions in Haitian slums (e.g. Cité Soleil) are a human tragedy. Haitian administration is (and always has been) highly corrupted, misappropriation of public funds is common.

MINUSTAH (Blue Helmets installed on Haiti by the UN in 2004) substitute the police therefore they are generally not welcomed by the Haitian population.

The rage grows and the tension continues with undiminished strength.

Jan Sochor

Freelance photographer & media designer.

He was born in the Czech Republic but he is changing his base between South America and Europe frequently, he lived and worked in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain and the Czech Republic in the last five years. America has become a major theme for him since then. He focuses on documentary projects trying to show and tell about the (Latin) American continent, its everyday life, social, political and cultural issues. His photographs and stories have appeared in numerous Czech magazines, newspapers and publications, including Reflex magazine, National Geographic CZ, Instinkt, Hospodarske noviny.

Jan Sochor is represented by ZUMA Press.

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