Sunday, December 3

I cried when I saw my photo. It’s the worst humiliation I’ve ever suffered

Lhe first time the world saw Mirard Joseph was one of the worst days of his life,” says Paul Ratje, the photographer who immortalized him. On September 19, 2021, Joseph embodied the drama of thousands of Haitians when he tried to escape from the United States Border Patrol, in the town of Del Río, Texas.

The photo, viralized under evocations of the times of slavery and comments on the survival of racism in American institutions, gave the photographer international recognition that prompted him to delve into history until he located Joseph in Haiti, his homeland, to where he was deported from the United States. He met him in Port-au-Prince, where he lives in a house with other families, and now tells his story.

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