National Geographic : 1987 Nov
On Assignment SITo PICTURES!" came the warning at gunpoint last July from Haitian soldiers to free-lance photojournalist Carole Devillers (above). She had just photographed them arresting civilians during anti government demonstrations that marked Haiti's most seri ous upheaval since Jean Claude Duvalier was deposed in 1986. While covering weeks of turmoil, Carole was shot at, held at gunpoint, and had film confiscated. Nevertheless she intends to live permanently in Haiti, her home for the past five years. "I love the people their kindness and their resil iency. And it is a beautiful country to photograph." Born in France, Carole who has three GEOGRAPHIC articles among her credits plans to make documentation of Haiti her life's work. To help her new land, she has set up a nonprofit foundation, PATCH-Photography in Aid To Children of Haiti. At times Carole served as guide-interpreter for staff photographer James P. Blair (below), here recording a fish seller's meager offering on crowded Lambi Island. He was shaken by conditions: "In my 25-year career I've never seen such poverty as I found in Haiti; these people, who are so gentle and hospita ble, now have to suffer the pain of political crisis."