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Color Photograph from the book A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez -- photo by Carlos Barria (Reuters)

TWO: Going Home with Piti after the Earthquake: page 143

There were so many haunting images of Port-au-Prince after the earthquake, but even though Carlos Barria's image didn't depict any horrific sight or heartbreaking catastrophe, this simple image of a hand reaching up, out of a destroyed world moved me like no other. I knew I wanted this photograph to introduce this second part of the book.
I should also explain that I had never intended to write this second part of the book. But when the earthquake happened, I knew that I had to address this darker and more painful part of our relationship with and responsibility towards this small, fragile, but proud and resilient country.
So many hands in Haiti and around the world reaching out to us.
"When we have seen a thing, what then is our obligation?"

photo by Carlos Barria (Reuters)
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A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship, a book of nonfiction by Julia Alvarez, available now in hardcover and paperback -- click for book summary
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These photographs were published in:

A Wedding in Haiti
by Julia Alvarez

(Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, April 2012)
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