Lucas Oleniuk - Staff Photographer
Before arriving in Port-au-Prince to cover the earthquake on January 14, 2010 I prepared myself for an unimaginable horror. It was good thing that I did. After I witnessed the profound scale of damage, death and sadness it became my paramount goal to document the tragedy in a way that could not be ignored. The world needed to know that, in a state of chaos, these people were fighting for survival and they needed help. Maybe more importantly, they needed a little bit of hope.
I'm proud that the Star was around to get that message out to governments, police, doctors and donors here at home.
The story of Haiti remained a difficult one to cover for the rest of the year. I watched hundreds of thousands of refugees struggle to survive. I witnessed cholera deliver a below-the-belt punch to a country already on its knees. And then, as the year ended, I observed a fraudulent election deprive the masses of their democratic rights.
My heart goes out to the country and to those who are still struggling to survive.
The scene at the Petionville golf course in Port-au-Prince on January, 17, 2010. Days after Haiti's earthquake killed an estimated 230,000 people the golf course became a refugee camp for nearly 50,000 people.