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Pakistan-Needs-Help

While riding around the city today on our trusty steed, Pinotage, I started snapping photos of some of the recent work that local graffiti artist, Jerry has been doing.  I mentioned him before after I interviewed him for a yet-to-be completed video project on the work he’s done after the earthquake, and his work just gets better and better.  I plan on writing a full post about him soon, but I thought I would share this photo because it seemed so different from the rest.

As you remember, there was a huge flood in Pakistan earlier this month which left millions of people homeless and stranded, creating a humanitarian crisis that many were saying was larger than the one here.  One of the problems they were facing was a terrible case of donor fatigue because people had already given so much money to help Haiti after the earthquake that they didn’t feel obligated to also send their cash to Pakistan.

Well, Jerry is clearly a very clued-in individual, and deviated from his usual “Haiti Needs Help” mantra to help everyone remember that other people need help as well.  It was kind of shocking (in a good way), and it made me realize that it’s so easy, when you’re living here, to forget that this sometimes isn’t the worst place in the world.  There are people struggling other than Haitians, and if the local graffiti artist doesn’t forget that, then neither should we.

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I’m working on a story about a 25-year-old graffiti artist in PAP named Jerry.  His work is less like vandalism and more like art.  But just two hours after the earthquake he started spray painting a crying Haiti, with hands praying next to it, which has become an iconic image here.  Because of that, two different organizations have hired him to spray paint public service announcements with his own distinct style.

One thing I noticed while talking to him was that his hands were covered in paint, which was the only evidence that he was responsible for images you see everywhere around the city.  I asked if I could take a picture of them, and he said, “Sure!  They are the hands of change!”  This guy is 25 and he has probably reached more people in Port-au-Prince than any other person in Haiti.  It’s pretty awesome.

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