In the midst of riots and cholera outbreak, Pastor Joel Sainton continues to minister to Haitians with HIV/AIDS.
A woman relies on sex work to make ends meet, struggling to support herself and her children following Haiti's earthquake.
I thought, he said of the wife
who lasted six months, before
the news of this treachery of the
blood, before he lay on his back
I will clap my hands,
bundle my fingers into fists,
lift them and shake them
and laugh, this belly laugh
of pure simple joy
for the precious feet
This is a home,
this is a shelter,
these walls, shaken,
the lines of jagged
cracks, the split
at the ceiling
that lets in light
The words cluster behind your teeth;
close in, the smooth patina, deep brown,
of your face is alight with the effort:
you, boy, carrying the weight
of an old man
From here the mountains around
Port-au-Prince are green; too
far to see the denuded hillside,
too far to see the brown wounds
When you leave from here, head down
Canape Vert to your cooling hotel room,
to the breadfruit casserole and barbecue
chicken, to the closed in peace of your
The faces of mothers of mothers,
their cheekbones gleaming against
taut skins; their eyes glazed
with the scarring of so much loss.
Every crumbled building is a tomb.
We step over grey crushed bricks
and the entanglement of steel.
As many as 120,000 people live with HIV in Haiti. Many have been displaced since the earthquake that devastated the country, in conditions that experts warn may lead to a health disaster.
Photographing and telling the stories of HIV positive Haitians after the earthquake requires sensitivity, earning the trust of the subject and allowing their common humanity to show through.
"Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica" is featured in a list of the top 10 web documentaries according to SubmarineChannel, a visual culture platform in Amsterdam. SubmarineChannel calls "Hope" a "beautifully-designed reporting project by poet and writer Kwame Dawes sharing testimonies from Jamaican HIV victims, with cross-media contributions pulled together in a dramatically filmic visual style."
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Worldfocus present stories on HIV/AIDS and homophobia in Jamaica.
"Hope for Haiti," reported by Steve Sapienza and Antigone Barton, will be featured in an event in Nashville for World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. The event will incorporate clips on HIV/AIDS from around the world, as well as live theatre, dance and musical performances.
"HOPE: Living & Loving With HIV in Jamaica" was featured on a list of "Must See: Videos Worth Watching" on The New York Times' Lens Blog for photography, video and visual journalism. Kassie Bracken described the site as follows:
Pulitzer Center journalists join funders, activists, and the community to discuss the impact of stigma on HIV prevention, the need for multi-sectoral action, and journalism's role.
Award-winning multimedia reporting projects on HIV/AIDS that combine print reporting, poetry, photography, video, radio, music and an open dialogue to engage the broadest possible audience.
Tuesday, September 22
12:00-2:00 pm: Panel discussion and screening
Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism
Third Floor Lecture Hall
Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer
HOPE Special Correspondent/Poet: Kwame Dawes
Glass Closet Filmmaker: Micah Fink
WorldFocus Producer: Lisa Biagiotti
Pulitzer Center's multimedia website on the human face of HIV/AIDS in Jamaica has won an Emmy for new approaches to news and documentary programming, in the arts, lifestyle and culture category, announced Sept 21, at the 30th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards at the Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in New York City.
Near the finale of Wisteria, a multimedia performance based on Kwame Dawes' poems about the memories and experiences of African-American women growing up in the segregated South, Dawes stepped away from the microphone inside Hanes Auditorium on the campus of Salem College. He then gazed upon the five singers, musical collaborator Kevin Simmonds and the seven-member ensemble that helped bring his poems to life with a look that could best be described as a mixture of reverence and pride.
Grand: The piece makes a wonderful whole
Tim Clodfelter, The Winston-Salem Journal
Poet Kwame Dawes provided the words for HOPE & Wisteria, two back-to-back performance pieces that explore different aspects of the black experience. But his contribution, vital as it is, is only one part of the puzzle. Each production is a multimedia piece using music, images and Dawes' poetry.
Join us at a pre-performance private reception to honor the creators and cast of Wisteria & HOPE -- and to support the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the innovative non-profit journalism organization dedicated to engaging the broadest possible public in critical global issues. Hear about upcoming projects on food insecurity, climate change and more!
Where: Rondthaler-Gramley House, Salem College
HOPE is a multimedia performance based on poems by Kwame Dawes, poet in residence at the University of South Carolina and set to music by composer Kevin Simmonds. The work grew out of a Pulitzer Center commission to report on the impact of HIV/AIDS on Jamaica, the country where Kwame Dawes grew up. While in Jamaica Dawes wrote poems in response to the stories he heard.