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"When someone has a microphone in their hand, they need to speak powerful things"

Princess Eud is leading the way for female Haitian rappers. Her powerful lyrics speak of women's right and injustices.

The rape victims who agreed to be photographed

The women wanted to raise awareness and give support to others

In many communities around the world, rape and the victims of it are hidden from sight and left unacknowledged. But in Haiti, one project has involved rape victims being photographed - without their faces being shown - and in a setting of their choosing. It's aimed at raising the profile of the services available to rape victims, as well as encouraging donors to give funding. The photographer behind the project is Benedicte Kurzen - who's based in Nigeria and is a lecturer in journalism at the American University of Nigeria. (Photo: A young woman who agreed to be photographed as part of a project to highlight the problem of sexual abuse. Credit: Bendicte Kurzen/Noor)

Keeping Haitian voodoo music alive

Haitian singer Schneidine Phildelmond reinterprets traditional Haitian voodoo music

Schneidine Phidelmond wants to make Haiti sound better. She feels that her generation should embrace Haiti's traditional voodoo music, instead of seeing it as evil. (Picture credit: BBC.)

Six months after Hurricane Matthew, we flew back to one hospital to hear how they coped

Six months after Hurricane Matthew, we flew back to one hospital to hear how they coped.

Haiti: Six months after Hurricane Matthew

Helen Burchell

BBC News

On 4 October Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti , killing about 1,000 people and decimating 90% of parts of the south of the country.

Cambridge-based disability charity CBM UK , which has worked there for 30 years, pulled out the stops to help those left picking up the pieces.

Destroyed home in Chardonnaires
CBM

But, six months on, what progress has been made?

The charity's chief executive, Kirsty Smith, who has just returned from the country, said although they managed to help more than 11,500 people since October, hundreds of thousands remain in temporary shelters and more than a million have no access to adequate water and sanitation.

Children's centre in Les Cayes
CBM UK

This centre for abandoned and disabled children in Les Cayes (above) is one of the projects being supported by CBM UK.

Its classroom and training centre, which makes peanut butter and furniture, was completely destroyed and they have had to work outdoors, protected only by plastic sheeting. Funding from the charity is going to help put a roof over the children's heads.

However, not enough is being done to support those who survived the devastation, Ms Smith said.

"The most vulnerable are often least likely to be able to access relief services offered by response agencies," she said.