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A Poetic Journey After The Quake: HIV/AIDs In Haiti


The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti demolished the country's health care system along with everything else.

But from the ruins came Voices of Haiti -- an odyssey in verse that grew out of a commission from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to document HIV/AIDS after the quake. The multimedia project, which came to the University of Miami this year, blends Haitian voices to conjure up images of strength, hope and faith.

The result is a mesmerizing presentation that combines the poetry of Kwame Dawes, the prose of Lisa Armstrong, the photography of Andre Lambertson, and the music of Kevin Simmonds, from work that has been featured in The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, and USA Today.

Reporter Patricia Sagastume spoke with Kwame Dawes about how the visual, spiritual and poetic journey  brought to life what it is live with HIV in Haiti after the quake. You can listen to the interview above and you can find the iBook presentation of the project here.

Explore the full on-line presentation of  poetry, reporting and music from Voices of Haiti here.