Photos and captions by Brad Miller

Built in 1956, the Peligre Hydroelectric Dam is one of the sole sources of electricity for Haiti. Here’s a closer look at this scenic but disputed landmark.

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Fishermen cast their nets in the dam’s runoff.

Fishermen cast their nets in the dam’s runoff.

I was amazed to witness hand-hewn canoes being used. I’d never seen them outside museums.

I was amazed to witness hand-hewn canoes being used. I’d never seen them outside museums.

Once the dam was built, this valley was flooded, creating a huge reservoir. It quickly became a source of water and power for the nation, but also was the cause of great displacement for families once living on the land.

Once the dam was built, this valley was flooded, creating a huge reservoir. It quickly became a source of water and power for the nation, but also was the cause of great displacement for families once living on the land.

An international team assembled the dam. A different country built each component.

An international team assembled the dam. A different country built each component.

Three turbines provide clean, hydroelectric power. However, only one is currently being used. Peligre Dam could operate at three times its current output.

Three turbines provide clean, hydroelectric power. However, only one is currently being used. Peligre Dam could operate at three times its current output.

The surrounding area is made up of lush, almost tropical valleys – a stark contrast from Chambrun’s desert climate less than an hour away.

The surrounding area is made up of lush, almost tropical valleys – a stark contrast from Chambrun’s desert climate less than an hour away.