Cristina Baussan is a documentary photographer and filmmaker dedicated to illustrating how human connection transcends race, religion and social class. She draws on her French, Haitian, Salvadorian and American heritage to explore themes of identity and belonging.
2018 - International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), 2017 - World Press Photo 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass
"I know you feel uncomfortable, because you have many scars on you. If it were me, I would want to arrest the people that did this to you."
Living in the mountains, far away from the chaos of an overpopulated capital, but also away from education, jobs, and the promising life every child longs for, rural Haitian families are isolated from the opportunities they dream of granting their children.
So they send them away. Some end up in a safe place, welcomed by a close friend or relative. Others face a different reality, as they live in a home where physical and verbal abuse are the norm.
Today, there are over 300,000 children living in domesticity across Haiti, from which the majority are girls.
Overwhelmed by her poor economic situation and finding no alternative, Djuna’s mother took off one afternoon, and never came back. Djuna, 15, now lives with her stepfather in Martissant, one of the most violent neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, in a home damaged by the 2010 earthquake.
Like many children living in domesticity, Djuna is forced to do most of the chores around the house. While her younger sister goes to school, Djuna’s daily routine includes cleaning the floor, washing the dishes, and making her stepfather’s bed.