Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:14 am
In the village of Corozal in Honduras, men ready boats for fishing excursions and boys play soccer on a beach lined with thatched huts.
On a sandy lot next to the town's main street, two teenage boys begin playing drums while women sing. For centuries, this has been the signature sound of celebration for the Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean people on the Atlantic coast of Central America. Now this music has an additional purpose: to prevent HIV.
The World AIDS Museum is in search of a permanent home and it's hoping to set up shop in the Fort Lauderdale area. Organizers have their eye specifically on Wilton Manors, a neighborhood with an active LGBT community.
Reporter Patricia Sagastume spoke with poet Kwame Dawes about one specific love story within Voices of Haiti.
The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti demolished the country's health care system along with everything else.
But from the ruins came Voices of Haiti -- an odyssey in verse that grew out of a commission from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to document HIV/AIDS after the quake. The multimedia project, which came to the University of Miami this year, blends Haitian voices to conjure up images of strength, hope and faith.
At age 21, Jeff has legs like broomsticks under his nylon basketball shorts and his cheeks are hollow. Sitting at a table outside the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with two friends of about the same age, he looks young and fragile.
Jeff doesn't like telling people what's wrong. He doesn't like what they say when they learn he was born HIV-positive.
"They say, 'Oh boy, you gonna die,' " says Jeff, who doesn't want his last name used. "They call it 'die-slow,' you got that 'die-slow.' "