Thony Belizaire (March 30, 1955 – July 21, 2013) was a Haitian photographer and photojournalist, who reported for Agence France Presse (AFP) in Haiti for more than twenty-five years, from May 1987 until his death in July 2013.Belizaire covered some of the most important stories in Haiti over the past three decades, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He earned numerous awards for journalism and photography.
Haiti, officially the Republic of Haiti and formerly called Hayti, is a country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea, to the east of Cuba and Jamaica and south of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island which it shares with the Dominican Republic. To its south-west lies the small island of Navassa Island, which is administered by the United States but claimed by Haiti as part of its territory. Haiti is 27,750 square kilometers (10,714 sq mi) in size and has an estimated population of 10.8 million, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean after Cuba.
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The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne (Ouest) and approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time on Tuesday, 12 January 2010.
Belizaire was born on March 30, 1955.A photographer, Belizaire joined the staff of AFP in May 1987 as a photojournalist. In 2013, Belizaire began work on photo essays that explored environment of Haiti, as well as photographs of potential development needed to improve the quality of life for the average Haitian.
Haiti is working to implement a biofuel solution to its energy problems. Meanwhile, environmental organizations such as the Peasant Movement of Papaye are trying to find solutions for Haiti's other environmental problems.
In addition to his work with AFP, Belizaire founded the Union of Haitian Journalists and Photographers (UJPH).He was also a contributor to Radio Kiskeya.
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Belizaire, who had fought oral cancer, died from complications of respiratory difficulties at the Canapé Vert hospital in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, on July 21, 2013, at the age of 54.He had still been reporting as recently as July 19, when he covered a local protest against the legalization of same-sex marriage. He was survived by his wife, Marie-Florence, and three children - Jeremie, Jonathan and Jovanny.
Pétion-Ville is a commune and a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the hills east and separate from the city itself on the northern hills of the Massif de la Selle. Founded in 1831 by then president Jean-Pierre Boyer, it was named after Alexandre Sabès Pétion (1770–1818), the Haitian general and president later recognized as one of the country's four founding fathers. The district is primarily a residential and touristic area. It held a population of 283,052 at the 2003 Census, which was officially estimated to have reached 376,834 in 2015. Many diplomats, foreign businessmen, and wealthy citizens do business and reside in Pétion-Ville.
Port-au-Prince is the capital and most populous city of Haiti. The city's population was estimated at 987,310 in 2015 with the metropolitan area estimated at a population of 2,618,894. The metropolitan area is defined by the IHSI as including the communes of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Cite Soleil, Tabarre, Carrefour, and Pétion-Ville.
Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe called Belizaire an "outstanding professional" noting that "Mr. Belizaire devoted more than 30 years of his life to covering the major social, political and cultural events in the life of the Haitian people."The regional director of AFP for North America, David Millikin, also paid tribute to his life, "Thony was a gentle but very courageous man -- not only for ignoring personal risk while covering the momentous events which marked Haiti's recent history, but also for pursuing his career with passion and diligence despite battling serious health issues in recent years."
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