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1st place, photo series, New England Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper competition for 2004.
1st place, racial or ethnic coverage.
2nd place, human-interest story.

Series summary

UPDATE: June 11, 2004: During an operation in Boston surgeons at New England Medical Center cut out a Haitian man's lower jaw, two-thirds of which had been devoured by the tumor. Read more ...

June 1, 2004: Deadly storms that pounded Haiti last week slowed the flow of food to a hospital run by a South Shore organization and destroyed homes in an area adopted by the group. Read more ...

Feb. 24, 2004: An armed uprising in Haiti is preventing medicine and other supplies from reaching a hospital run by a South Shore organization, and volunteers fear the situation will grow bleaker in coming days if rebels take more of the country. Read more ...

Feb. 10, 2004 - Many of the more than 40,000 Haitians who call Greater Boston home are keeping close tabs on the armed uprising that continues to spread across Haiti.
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Sept. 18, 2003 - 330 people crowd into a Marriott hotel ballroom in Newton to celebrate the St. Boniface Haiti Foundationís 20th anniversary. Read more ....

Stories from main series
Series concluded Sept. 17, 2003

Day 1: Sept. 13, 2003 - View Slideshow | View PDFs of printed pages

A 20-bed hospital and other medical services paid for and run by a South Shore church group help the desperately poor of Fond des Blancs find relief from the poverty that punishes them.
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A 13-month-old life is cut short when a mother’s attempts to seek medical care prove too little, too late. Read more ...

A timeline of help to Haiti. View timeline ...

A Braintree man chips away at Haitian poverty, a nickel at a time. Read more ...

A doctor shares the sadness of growing up in Haiti, a place where the simple act of dreaming is elusive. Read more ...

Reporter's Notebook: See the sights and hear the sounds of Haiti. Read more ...

 

Day 2: Sept. 15, 2003 - View slideshow | View PDFs of printed pages

The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation is pulling some of Fond des Blancs’ neediest families out of poverty by building simple houses that protect against the elements. Read more ...

A Randolph woman and mother of 10 has dedicated two decades to improving life in a country most of the world has forgotten. Read more ...

A Haitian man fights to bring jobs, housing and a better way of life to neighbors in a region he loves. Read more ...

A Hingham woman visited Haiti 20 years ago and says she’ll "never be set free." Read more ...

Sit through Mass, drive over bumpy, dirt roads and get to know a rural village in southern Haiti. Read more ...

 

Day 3: Sept. 16, 2003 - View Slideshow | View PDFs of printed pages

Money raised from families on the South Shore and beyond help ease the everyday struggle for food and water in Fond des Blancs. Read more ...

A Haitian boy badly burned by fire finds a new life on the South Shore. Read more ...

A 9-year-old boy tends to his sick father in a land where responsibility is heavy at an early age.
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A Milton dentist gives Fond des Blancs residents the simple gift of a smile. Read more ...

Haiti’s history is one of poverty, po litical instability and violence. Read more ...

Reality is grim, but the people of Fond des Blancs find joy. Read more ...

 

Day 4: Sept. 17, 2003 - View Slideshow | View PDFs of printed pages

The foundation begun by a small Quincy church group has touched tens of thousands of lives. And it keeps growing. Read more ...

The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation puts Haitians on the road to self-suffi ciency through education and jobs. Read more ...

A Quincy woman looks through Haiti’s sadness and finds dignity. Read more ...

A chauffeur, a mentor and a bene factor: One man’s many roles in Haiti. Read more ...

Potholes, politics and poverty. Take a ride through Port-au-Prince. Read more ...

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Stories by
Karen Eschbacher
Photos by
Gary Higgins

The Patriot Ledger

SERIES CONTRIBUTORS


Karen Eschbacher has been a Patriot Ledger reporter for three years. She covered Braintree and Quincy and is now a general assignment reporter.
Eschbacher, 25, is originally from Newburgh, N.Y., and joined the Ledger after graduating from Boston University.



Gary Higgins has been a photo journalist for more than 20 years, and has been a Ledger staff photographer since 1988. Higgins, 42, previously worked at The Trenton Times and the the Hudson Dispatch, both in New Jersey.
A native of Millbrook, N.Y., he is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Higgins lives in Hull.

Picture editing and print design: Anestis Diakopoulos, visuals editor

Research: Linda Chapman, Barbara Fish, Karen Otis, Anne Leahy, Patriot Ledger library staff

Graphics: Michael Bertrand

Series editors: Terry Ryan, Bill Flynn

Web editor:
Stephen Ide

 

 

 
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