You are my brother and I am your brother, fellow man.
Whatever desire comes from your mouth, I will grant,
just as you will grant the desire that comes from my mouth.
– Inscription on clay tablet letter sent by King of Eble to King of Hamazi, late 3rd millennium BC
Two brothers in Petit Bois, Haiti, return from foraging in the surrounding hills. The sticks and branches they gathered will be used for cooking the family’s evening meal. No longer plentiful, wood is still the primary source of fuel in rural Haiti.
The town of Petit Bois is located in the upper reaches of a deforested valley, two and half miles long and a mile and a half wide. In the broader landscape, it’s but a wrinkle, part of a tangled mix of ridges and ravines – a small piece of the west-northwest trending mountains reaching from Port Au Prince to St. Marc.