Dieu-Nalio Chéry
Feature Article on Haitian Immigration

Photo; Dieu Nialo Chery

In Their Words: Haitian Immigrants in New York Describe Perilous Escape

Dieu-Nalio Chéry, a photojournalist, fled Haiti after gangs threatened his life. His latest subjects are others who, like him, are far from home.

By Pierre-Antoine Louis. Photographs by Dieu-Nalio Chéry
Published Oct. 3, 2021
Updated Oct. 4, 2021

As a young man, Dieu-Nalio Chéry fell in love with photography while working in his uncle’s photo studio in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. But after a powerful earthquake devastated the country in 2010, he turned what had been a freelance pursuit into a profession, going to work for The Associated Press in Haiti.

For the next decade, he crisscrossed the island nation, documenting major news events and focusing on human rights issues as they emerged. In a country with a literacy rate of 61 percent, Mr. Chéry’s photographs were a potent means of informing the public. Last year, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for photography for his images of unrest there.

Then in July, he had to flee Haiti after gangs threatened his life. He is now living in New York on a cultural exchange visa and has turned his attention to documenting Haitians who have been living in the city since the federal government extended special protections to them under the Temporary Protection Status, or TPS, program.

=.Excerpted from NY Times. Read full article HERE

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