The Digital Journalist
Photo by Michael Kamber/Polaris
FLOOD, Gonaives, Haiti, Sept. 23, 2004

On the outskirts of Gonaives, residents struggle with their children and belongings through water as they leave the devastated city where as many as 500 residents are feared dead.

Small waves rose to our bumper and then began to break over our hood as we pushed towards the city. Up ahead a bus had gone off the road, nearly tipping over, and passengers disembarked and waded through the water that reeked of sewage, dead animals, possibly dead people. Behind the bus we came upon a woman standing knee deep in the water, crying and alone. She held a radio and some clothes—all she had been able to salvage from Gonaives.