2005 Photo Contest, Spot News, 2nd prize

Shaul Schwarz


27 January, 2004

A child loots a piece of meat at the main commercial seaport. In the last week of February looters raided aid-agency warehouses, making off with hundreds of tons of food and commodities. News of oncoming rebel armies had thrown the streets into chaos. Looting, hijacking and rioting were widespread. For some months, opposition to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been growing in both violence and intensity. Originally heralded as a savior of the poor, Aristide was increasingly seen as corrupt and inefficient. Matters reached a head on 5 February 2004 when rebel forces seized Gonaïves, Haiti's fourth-largest city, and went on to take other towns around the country. On 29 February, President Aristide resigned and left the country.

About the photographer

Shaul Schwarz

His feature-length documentary Narco Cultura premiered at Sundance in 2013 and screened at film festivals worldwide including The Berlin International Film Festival and Hot Docs....

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