Her face pulled attention for a photograph. Local vendors and their story drew wonderment. The old woman often accompanied her daughter, a regular seller at the Pont Sondet market, along the Artibonite River in Haiti. They arrived in mornings from the northern area of Haiti’s central plateau, worked the market all day, and left before dark. Over time the daughter amassed debt, buying on credit and promising to pay later. Her husband had financial troubles of his own.
One afternoon the daughter left the market without her mother, never to return. Now the old woman lives at the market. Other sellers give her handouts and make sure she’s taken care of, yet resent the burden of another mouth to feed. She’s wasn’t supposed to be their responsibility. The old woman is sick and can hardly stand. She seemed ashamed of being abandoned and showed anger when speaking about it.