Haiti — long ranked as the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere — saw its people buckle under the cruelty of a merciless hurricane season in 2008. Four consecutive storms slammed the island nation, leaving in their wake staggering death tolls and massive destruction to an already-frail way of life. Seven-year-old Sonson Pierre sits in knee deep mud outside his family's flooded home in Gonaives, Haiti, Sept. 4, 2008, days after several storms including Tropical Storm Hannah hit the country. This is one of the photos shot by Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell, who won a Pulitizer Prize for feature photography in 2009.
Haiti — long ranked as the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere — saw its people buckle under the cruelty of a merciless hurricane season in 2008. Four consecutive storms slammed the island nation, leaving in their wake staggering death tolls and massive destruction to an already-frail way of life. Seven-year-old Sonson Pierre sits in knee deep mud outside his family's flooded home in Gonaives, Haiti, Sept. 4, 2008, days after several storms including Tropical Storm Hannah hit the country. This is one of the photos shot by Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell, who won a Pulitizer Prize for feature photography in 2009. PATRICK FARRELL Miami Herald
Haiti — long ranked as the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere — saw its people buckle under the cruelty of a merciless hurricane season in 2008. Four consecutive storms slammed the island nation, leaving in their wake staggering death tolls and massive destruction to an already-frail way of life. Seven-year-old Sonson Pierre sits in knee deep mud outside his family's flooded home in Gonaives, Haiti, Sept. 4, 2008, days after several storms including Tropical Storm Hannah hit the country. This is one of the photos shot by Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell, who won a Pulitizer Prize for feature photography in 2009. PATRICK FARRELL Miami Herald

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