Photographer's Note

My (essential - unarmed, but sturdy) "body guard" around Port au Prince was Herode, who is sitting on the right ; I went far above my lodging in "Gros Jean" to pay a visit to his mother, who happens to be my « tokay », an affectionate word for a person who shares the same first name : she has to go down quite far to a spring to make her laundry each Wednesday, and her son carries the wet clothes back to home, high in the hills. They are poor, but not miserable ; their house looked very well kept.

Gros Jean ("Gwo Jan"), blessedly isolated, is perched above Pernier ; it is not exactly a village, rather a "commune" of houses and buildings scattered among the hills and in the bushes above Port au Prince ; administratively, the area is depending from Petionville which seems very far away and which has many other problems, so the place is suffering from lack of funds, and forgotten.

The community is very much spread out ; erosion has badly damaged the track, so that no vehicle could reach Herode’s place.

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