The loneliness of illness

Clinics and hospitals in Port-au-Prince.

I wanted to show the loneliness and the very real possibility of death for those forced through illness into institutions of health specifically created for the poor.  Three of the photos are from an HIV hospice in Cité Soleil where men and women are brought to die.  The patients I saw where mostly silent engulfed in their own thoughts and failing bodies.

I spoke to one of the lay priests managing the hospice about the patients. His underlying response was disturbing as he calmly blamed the patients for their sickness on their lack of morality and responsibility.   How could patients find real comfort with such lack of understanding and empathy?  This was not supposed to be a place of judgement.  People are not supposed to be measured in this way let alone the most vulnerable, those who are  poor and sick.

 

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