2012 Photo Contest, Daily Life, Singles, 3rd prize

Radio Haiti

Photographer

Paolo Woods

Institute for Artist Management

15 August, 2011

More than 50 percent of Haitians are illiterate, and only 25 percent have regular access to electricity, which means that battery-operated radios are the country’s main medium.

About

Paolo Woods

Paolo Woods was born of Canadian and Dutch parentage. He grew up in Italy, lived in Paris, and is now based in Haiti. Woods ran a laboratory and a photo gallery in Florence,...

Background story

Les Cayes, Haiti

Sister Melianise Gabreus presents her popular, daily life-advice program on Radio Men Kontre, in Haiti. More than 50 percent of Haitians are illiterate, and only 25 percent have regular access to electricity, which means that battery-operated radios, rather than newspapers, television, or the internet, are the country’s main medium. In a country where 97 percent of the population owns a radio, presenters can become stars.

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