Allison Kwesell

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Times Free Press staff photographer Allison Kwesell arrived in the Caribbean island nation of Haiti four days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the impoverished country on Jan. 12, killing thousands and severely injuring many more.

In photographs and words, she has captured the destruction in Haiti and the relief efforts under way there and at hospitals in its neighboring country, the Dominican Republic.

Through Ms. Kwesell’s photos and stories, Times Free Press readers have an exclusive look at the island’s recovery and the assistance being provided on the ground by dozens of local aide workers and volunteers.

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Rita Devilus still bears the scars from the day the four-story apartment building collapsed on her.

In Haiti, it doesn't take long to go from wealthy to homeless.

The scene inside the Port-au-Prince hospital is almost a "war zone," with injured people, triage areas and medical personnel in full trauma mode, a local doctor says.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 -- My knees are shaky and the ground feels like water.

Only once before has James Jennings seen worse devastation than earthquake-shattered Haiti.

* In the United Nation tent I see blank stares, people drifting off into painful sleep. I hear moaning in the background as night creeps in. Doctors feverishly work together like pieces of a puzzle. They make rounds, one after another. Every time a child cries, it is only minutes before someone comes to his attention.

JIMANI, Dominican Republic -- A teary-eyed woman, frozen with pain, sat quietly in a room.

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