Jess Obert

Photographer and Filmmaker
      
Coronavirus in Haiti: Weakened by past disasters, the country was already in crisis
Location: Port au Prince, Haiti
Nationality: American
Biography: I am a visual journalist and filmmaker based between NYC and Haiti. I worked at the The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC, and my work has been published in various publications including Al Jazeera English, Buzzfeed News, The... read on
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Coronavirus in Haiti: Weakened by past disasters, the country was already in crisis
Ongoing project covering COVID-19 in Haiti. 

From my article written for The New Humanitarian:

On a street corner where throngs of passers-by and neighbours stop to talk, Lelene Gentileus, a 32-year-old mother of two sells goods such as cigarettes and candy.

Gentileus is no stranger to loss from diseases. Her grandmother died from cholera – believed to have been brought in by UN peacekeepers from Nepal in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.

“At least during the cholera outbreak doctors knew how to help you if you went to the hospital,” Gentileus told TNH. “What is so scary this time is that there is no cure.”

Coronavirus in Haiti: Weakened by past disasters, the country was already in crisis
Due to a string of setbacks over the last decade and a recent economic crunch, the country was in danger of unravelling even before COVID-19.

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