Compassion International Photographer Captures Images of Riots in Haiti

Compassion International Photographer Captures Images of Riots in Haiti

  |   Posted: December 10, 2010

AS HAITIANS REACT TO ELECTION RESULTS, PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT

Photographer Chuck Bigger went to Haiti to capture images of Compassion International’s work among the children of that beleaguered nation. Instead he has found himself in the midst of increasing violent riots.

The violence erupted from protest by supporters of a singer-turned-candidate who was excluded from a runoff election following election results released earlier this week. The ousted candidate’s supporters are claiming that the election was rigged.

Compassion International’s Brandy Campbell reported yesterday that, “The streets are still filled with debris, smoldering tires and overturned cars. Few cars can pass, so transportation is limited to motorcycles and feet. There are still pockets of violence throughout the city, but it's so much quieter today.”

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ABOUT COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL:

Through child sponsorships, Compassion International serves 64,000 children in Haiti working to permanently break their cycle of poverty. Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 25 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children-enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded eight consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.