This year’s Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography went to Miami Herald’s Patrick Farrell for his coverage of Haiti in 2008. His award winning photo-essay, “A People in Despair: Haiti’s year without mercy“, documents some of Haiti’s most brutal struggles.
4 of the 20 images that make up the photo-essay.
Deforested mountains funneled Tropical Storm Hannah’s rainfall directly into Gonaives, flooding the town of 350,000
Frantz Samedi holds the lifeless body of his 5 year old daughter, Tamasha Jean, who died when Hurricane Ike’s flood waters swept children and the elderly from their homes in the small Haitian town of Cabaret
Shadows of children dance across a small tent city – temporary shelter for homeless families – in Cabaret
Mardoshe Thelisma cries at a funeral mass for her cousin and 90 others, who were crushed to death when the 3 story College La Promesse collapsed in Petionville outside Port-au-Prince
View the slideshow and listen to Farrell’s commentary. His voice quavers with the emotion of the experience. [Miami Herald]