In Arcahaie, in the Department of The West in Haiti, persons have taken it upon themselves to clean up their home and the whole town to properly celebrate the town’s patron feast. People have spontaneously decided not to wait for municipal authorities to do their job. In each block, persons have come together to eliminate the garbage that was defiling their community by putting hands together in a true cooperation by all. As a result, before the anniversary of the Battle of Vertieres, and to celebrate the annual feast, Arcahaie is looking clean and homely. We have to hope this will not be temporary, just to mark the celebration, and the population there will continue doing this everyday because garbage accumulates non stop. This spontaneous effort needs to be organized into an organization that will keep citizens involved in maintaining the same atmosphere with the same results. Citizens who are leaders in the community need to make this a lasting effort with regular disposal of garbage.
This is exactly what we need to do all over Haiti to prepare for 2024. Town by town, commune by commune, people need to come together and work to maintain cleanliness and care for the environment. On a day when we should celebrate one of the biggest military victory by persons of African descent, the country is filthy, save for a few places. Garbage is taking over all spaces where people congregate, especially near marketplaces right next to the food people are buying. It is shameful to see persons going about business next to piles of foul smelling trash, and it is unacceptable. Like they are doing today in Arcahaie, all around where Haitians live we need to come together to either clean or help the cleaning efforts. It needs to start at the local and at the neighborhood levels in bigger towns.
We must return to our roots, and lean on our identity to come together. The effort needs to come from within, with us realizing that togetherness will bring success. By cleaning the environment we begin to clean our mind, make us free of repugnant smells and unholy sights. From there we can begin to look for ways to better our country, but it must come from within, with mutual reflection . Each of us needs to think about whatever contribution we can make to start this process.
Nowadays it looks like persons are hoarding for a time of tumult and major disorder in Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince. Banks are experiencing a run on money deposited because most persons want to have their cash on hand, rather than leaving in the banks which may shut down soon if the situation worsens. By using draconian measures like limiting the amount of money you can withdraw, and cutting down on hours they provide service, the banks have been able to stay afloat, and keep some cash in their vaults.
Most banks mostly rely on savings accounts to exist, the more the better, which is why often lines are huge in the few branches in service, when persons want to perform a transaction. Today, there are huge crowds of people pushing and shoving in front of all banks in most towns in the country, especially in Port-au-Prince and its surrounding suburbs, Cap Haitien, Gonaives, and in Petion-Ville persons are near fighting because of the lines. Things are really bad because the hours of service are reduced, and if you’re in line outside, the doors will close with all persons being refused entry, and having to go home. As I said, persons are rushing to remove their money from the banks to have it on hand because they feel that times are going to get worse.
The gasoline shortage is still affecting most of the population badly despite a lot of empty talk from the de facto ineffective government in name only. With the Embassy of the United States and its counterpart the Embassy of Canada urging their respective citizens to leave Haiti as fast as they can, this seems like a warning before guns start imposing a war like environment, not that it’s not happening now in many areas of the country. Cite Soley has been a war zone for the past two years with a few breaks and short peace agreements between gangs fighting each other; it’s said that it is G9 against Gabriel. In Martissant, passage to the south is a murderous strangle hold on the population, with gangs either in collusion, or fighting each other, as it’s happening now with the renewed fighting between Gran Ravine and Ti Bwa. Many persons have been killed, while others have been kidnapped trying to get through Martissant to get home from downtown.
The hostage situation is still continuing
Sixteen U.S. citizens and a citizen of Canada, missionaries and their families are still being held captive for ransom by the Mawozo, a gang which operates in Croix des Bouquets and the area between Port-au-Prince and the border to the Dominican Republic. As I said in a previous post, there is a lot of unanswered questions about this kidnapping, with the U.S. government very passive so far. Is it time for an armed intervention to free the hostages? No one knows, but rumors of such action are running wild. In the meantime there is little word from the Mawozo leader Lanmo San Jou. No threats of harm to the hostages, and no bluster. Times are uncertain with a storm on the horizon. Stay tuned.
As things stand now, the Republic of Haiti has no one in charge, or it seems that those in charge live in Washington, Paris, Ottawa and to a lesser extent in Santo Domingo. De facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry and his government are basically in charge of only the spaces occupied by they and their staff, and sometimes not even since they have to listen to orders from those concerned. As the never ending gasoline crisis is showing, this government is powerless, and shows it when its ministers make all kind of declarations to the population about gasoline, security and anything to do with their jobs when the reality in the street screams the contrary. Because of this lack of efforts and absence of basic results from key institutions ranging from the police, health care, and justice all the way to garbage removal, anarchy has become the rule. A worrisome example, when de facto Minister of the Interior, also minister of justice, also alleged master mind kidnapper, Quitel decided to show the population that the terminal in Varreux, where most of the gasoline available in the country is stocked, was accessible; he had to run away under a hail of high caliber bullets for daring to defy the gangs who controlled the area. The minister turned alleged kidnapper looked ridiculous wearing a combat helmet, running away with his tail between his legs, and the gangs flexed their muscles once more. Curiously enough, a few days later the U.S. Embassy sent a tanker to the same terminal to refill their on site gasoline reservoirs. As usual the tanker filled up and returned to the Embassy, while not a shot was fired to disturb the transaction. Some Haitian officials took advantage of that to get a full tank and fill some barrels.
There is more to the kidnapping saga involving missionaries from the United States and their family, along with a citizen of Canada than what is commonly perceived. First, by now pressure has shifted from the victims to the kidnappers. Let me explain. The gang called 400 Mawozo which has kidnapped the 17 foreigners has a big problem, none of the victims can die in captivity, while they must be fed and cared for during that time. For this to work, things had to have ended quickly, with the gang getting paid after negotiations, and the hostages home, or on their way to their respective families. But the situation has dragged along, and now Mawozo is under pressure to feed and care for hostages who cannot be treated like they treat Haitians because foreigners will get sick if not cared for. If anything bad happens to the hostages Mawozo knows they will pay for it dearly, and whoever implanted the idea in their heads, most likely the same persons who provide them with weapons and ammunition has told them to make sure nothing happens to the hostages. The U.S. does not seem to be in a rush to conclude the saga, either by direct military intervention, which would seem logical and relatively facile against untrained gang bangers, used to fighting untrained foes, or by a payoff through a third party. At first there were a lot of rumors about a payoff after reducing the demands significantly, and I even thought this would happen. But as time has dragged too many questions are left unanswered. No one seems to be worried about the fate of the hostages, and the Embassy has remained silent, or has said little, while usually it tends to speak volumes.
If any of the missionaries or their family is hurt, or dies while in the hands of Mawozo, retribution will be quick and painful. Threats of harm to them is met with laughter by those concerned because if you harm those in service of the Lord you will pay for it dearly. There is nowhere to hide, and retribution will be very painful for the Lord does not take kindly to persons hurting those who serve his interest. Mawozo needs to conclude this affair before it entraps them and spirals out of control. It’s costing the group money to care for their “guests”, while their own members are not eating steak and lobster everyday.
Second, for remember I did bring a first point, the Mawozo gang operates in the area between the capital Port-au-Prince and the border with the Dominican Republic. Is it possible that they get their guns and ammunition from sources in the Dominican Republic? Mawozo is not allied to the G9, so they don’t work with or for persons associated with the government like the groups federated with the blessings of the UN. Magalie Habitant and those concerned do not have a role or any sway over the group. So they must have other sponsors who provide them with ammunition, most likely from the other side of the border. For sure Dominicans do not need to go through Miami to give guns and ammo to Mawozo in Haiti, so the recent story on social media about the group receiving supplies from Miami sounds strange. This story is not over because there seems to be a rift developing between Washington and Santo Domingo.
Presently, the whole situation weakens the government of Ariel Henry, and it can be the trigger for a military intervention to take control of the country, like it was back in 2004. Many signs are pointing to that, as the Dominican Army has set up all along the border, but in the U.S. the political situation does not favor such an action. If a military intervention causes a lot of collateral casualties and damages to buildings and people’s homes, this could inflame the Haitian communities in Miami, New York and other cities, and cause the people to demonstrate and raise hell. Like the domino effect, this would cause African-Americans to also hit the pavement for the lack of economic opportunities and wholesale jailing of its youth. So President Joe Biden must tread lightly, and he cannot just take over Haiti’s government overtly, even though Ariel and his minions follow orders.
With no gas, no water, anarchy and the gang fight in Martissant between two powerful gangs, Haiti is slowly sinking into oblivion. There must be a reaction from Haitians in Haiti and abroad to begin to put a stop to a situation that is worsening everyday. For now, the population appears to accept every hardship with resignation and acceptance, but I will not bet against a sudden eruption that will come after some innocuous event becomes the trigger for a massive arising that will bring huge destruction. There is no leadership and most of the population has lost trust in most of the political operators, while many militants have been killed or silenced by the G9. So called revolutionary groups who are blocking people from mobilizing, and killing the people who use to lead them. Persons are not going to starve without a reaction soon. Stay tuned.
We seem to have arrived at a crossroad where the situation can evolve in many directions. First, I would like to apologize to you, faithful reader for not posting for over a month. I traveled to Haiti last September, and while there I could not post on my blog. Back then the country was already hell on earth, and I was under house arrest, as my friend the talented photographer Patrice Douge calls it. I was confined in my home because of the threat of being kidnapped. After three days without electricity, I spent my birthday in the dark, with only a battery powered radio for entertainment. As I laid in the dark on most night, the sound of gunfire and an occasional motorcycle were the only thing that interrupted the silence that felt like being in a tomb. Port-au-Prince was full of garbage and gasoline was selling at 500 courses a gallon then, nearly USD $ 5.
Presently, it is reported that a gallon of gas is sold for USD $ 20 to 25 dollars in gourdes, or 4000 to 4500 gourdes. This situation has effectively shut the whole country down because persons cannot even find the precious liquid, much less pay the outrageous price demanded on the informal market. All service stations are closed and you can only buy gas from sellers in the street. Hospitals are closing or reducing services offered since they need diesel fuel to power generators. Because of this traffic is nonexistent and the economy has ground to a halt. All schools, banks and businesses are closed because employees cannot and will not present themselves. Insecurity is raging, as the police itself cannot work properly because of the gas shortage, not that the PNH was that efficient anyway. While kidnapping is raging, the PNH has not dismantled a single gang and has mostly concentrated its effort on breaking up peaceful demonstrations asking for justice and security. A new chief has been selected to lead the force, but so far nothing has changed. People are dying because they are unable to receive medical care, stuck at home because of the crisis that is engulfing the country.
How did we get to this situation? This is what you call a good idea that went bad, or shall we say It was good for the persons who thought of it. Candidates hoping for upcoming elections need fresh money to steal victory from others in the races. Both Michel Martelly and Martine Moise have shown the willingness to run for president, and they fear each other in terms of who will get the nod from the international bosses. They both need a lot of money to pull off the presidential heist, so each is trying to build a war chest. It seemed like a good idea to create a gasoline shortage at the pumps a couple of months back to make some money on the street at double the price, or 500 gourdes a gallon. For awhile, this scheme allowed some persons to make some nice change, and the population was able to adapt to this quasi robbery. Gas was being sold predominantly on the street by minions working for a mafia like cartel, which controlled distribution. Candidates built a war chest and the only ones suffering were the population, except for those who make money easily and in large amounts.
Unfortunately, the gangs who control major parts of Haiti decided to get in on the action too by blocking all distribution of gasoline, stealing a few tankers full, and setting up their own distribution. The gangbangers have decided to raise the price considerably since they know the situation will not last, and also we’re not talking about persons savvy in business. So, they have raised the price sky high because they think persons will pay anything for the precious liquid, notwithstanding the law of diminishing returns. Because the price is too high the demand has disappeared, and persons prefer to fight and demonstrate, rather than pay anything, like the motorcycle drivers working as “taximoto” who are fighting against an unjust situation. They are blocking roads and creating havoc on the pavement all around Haiti, in major towns to force the government to act. In an upcoming post I will look at the political situation, which is as bad as the other sectors in the country.
This situation may lead to widespread looting and rioting because food is becoming scarce, while the cost of most items has risen sharply in markets all over. The transportation network is not working, so food cannot be transported to Port-au-Prince and other major towns. For now most people do not have money to buy, so in the marketplaces business is very slow, nonexistent in some places. Persons are only buying essentials, and even then in small amounts. Hunger is prevalent in poor neighborhoods and persons are not going to starve with no reactions. Upcoming days are going to be rough for persons in Haiti, especially with this hostage saga involving kidnapped Christian missionaries and their families. These victims may be the drop that tips the bucket because certain people are not to be victimized. A dark future is ahead, with no gas and no electricity.
After all, to have such a stash is the goal of the many political operatives occupying the field in Haiti. Most want the opportunity to have that much cash on hand, as it has looked like the deceased de facto former president Jovenel Moise had in his home. After getting the ultimatum from the U.S. State Department, politicians in Haiti are feverishly working on getting an “accord” or should we say a plan to share the spoils. In different hotels in Port-au-Prince, groups of politicians and militants met and sometimes fought to reach an agreement that will determine what transition Haiti will go through after the death of the sitting president. Of course, most of the deliberations had very little to do with helping the population, or looking for ways to solve problems affecting the country.
While the political situation in Haiti remains unchanged, and with prisons filled with political prisoners – former Depute Arnel Belizaire being the most famous one, held illegally for more than two years – persons in the so called civil society are calling for an agreement to have a transition with solutions brought up by Haitians. In the agreements that those persons are putting forward there is little if no mention of freeing the men and women packed in unsanitary and unhealthy conditions with no trial in sight. Most of them were arrested in roundups targeting opposition supporters and militants from grassroots groups. They are held in the penitentiary and in other prisons where prisoners are packed like sardines in unhealthy conditions. If you don’t have someone bringing you food you will starve in Haitian jails. There is very little water to drink, bathe and generally do your business, so the smell is horrible. I once went to the Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince while working as an interpreter back in 2004. Conditions there are much worse than back when I visited, but I was appalled at the way these prisoners were forced to live. It is a shame that we allow persons to be treated that way, while we worry about mundane matters more, stuck as we are on social platforms. Rather than involve themselves in politics, while claiming to be a civil society, most of these folks need to work on helping prisoners survive these inhuman conditions.
Supplies are being gathered, while fundraisers are being held to help persons still suffering from the earthquake of August 14 in the Southern departments. While some persons in Les Cayes and Jeremie have benefited from distributions of food, water and materials for temporary shelter, like tents and tarps, persons living in the communal sections and in small towns out of the way have received very little. Just like it happened in 2010, a plethora of foreigners working with non government organizations have disembarked in Jeremie, Les Cayes and in other places to reap the benefits from donations and grants. Of course reputed and long established NGOs like CARE, Food for the Poor and Medecin sans Frontiere have done commendable work, which has saved lives and allowed a great many to better support their plight. But many others have shown up to fill the void left by the government, which is unable to help its population. Rather than help, many government officials are demanding control over distributions in order to prepare their candidacy. These political operatives are stopping the help from reaching the population in need, warehousing supplies and preventing distribution of goods in order to look good. In places like Cavaillon, Camp Perrin, Duchity, Arnaud and many communal sections in out of the way places help has not arrived for those in need. Everyday we hear locally elected CASECs on the radio asking for help for people. In areas affected by the quake persons need lumber, tin sheets for roofing and tools to rebuild a durable shelter. They do not need crackers and spaghetti because those places can produce their own food.
Persons living and traveling around the National Highway no. 1 near Cite Soley witnessed a day of fireworks, as bandits decided to fire their guns and block passage near and around Drouillard. After controlling the area all morning on Thursday, the bandits were engaged by some brave members of the Haitian National Police – the PNH – who exchanged shots with the the trouble makers until evening set in. It seemed there were no reported casualties on either side of the firefight, as bravery was tempered by the need to live another day. The population living around the area were the true victims because fear and a disruption of activities were the results of all that. All businesses in the area were closed and many were unable to earn a living.
Around Champs de Mars, militants fed up with the deteriorating political situation demanded the release of political prisoners, as they ransacked the office issuing electoral cards to people near the 2004 Tower. The card called Dermalog because of the contract with the foreign firm negotiated by Martine Moise, wife of the deceased president, is supposed to be available to enough citizens to hold valid elections. Delivery of the precious document has run into numerous snags, and many members of the population are unable to get it for various reasons, especially in communal sections and within the peasantry. So unless enough persons have the electoral card, the elections will not have credibility. According to various reports, a few million dollars were made by the persons who arranged the whole affair through overcharge and other corrupt practices. Use of the card during the election will not lead to a free and fair contest because there are reports of databases with numbers that will also vote massively for chosen candidates. By and large elections are not the solution to problems Haiti faces, persons need to concentrate on rebuilding trust in government and rebuilding the fabric of the country. All Haitians everywhere need to start thinking about ways to help a population that is young, and is facing dark and uncertain times.
With the recent earthquake of over a week ago still affecting many persons in a bad way, we need to look at the situation on the ground, in Haiti’s greater south, and efforts being made to provide the needed help. Things are dire for a great amount of persons in the communal sections, away from major towns in the departments. Many government and non government decision makers who control distribution of much needed aid want to go to either Les Cayes or Jeremie where the media has congregated, so that they can have cameras recording every action for political asset. Politicians are also going on the air with criticism that may or may not be warranted, but they provide little in terms of solutions or help for those affected. In the meantime, life has returned to normal in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings, with little care for those suffering.
Persons in places that are hard to get to like the Cayemites Islands, small towns like Chantal, Abricots, Bonbon and most of the communal sections, like the second and third communal sections of Camp Perrin have not been able to get the help they need. This has led to people spending nights under the rain in many places. Images have emerged on whatsap of women with children getting drenched under a makeshift piece of fabric to ward of the rain. The destruction is unimaginable is the departments affected. In many places, over 80% of houses have been destroyed by this 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
Many people are trying to provide help for those affected by the earthquake in the south of Haiti. A group of Haitian-American doctors, with Dr. Ronald V. LaRoche as spokesperson, are on the field providing medical help to persons who were seriously hurt. They have done many interventions and they could use our help. A friend, Monique Dodard recommended an organization, the Haitian-American Emergency Relief Committee, which has been around for many years; Didier Fabien has been its president since 2008, she told me.
Many persons want to help, but they don’t know where to send a contribution. Also, after the fiasco of January 12, 2010 when a lot of aid poured into Haiti, only to be diverted by those who did not need it, persons are wary and suspicious. All I can say is you have to follow your instincts, but there are many who need help. They deserve an effort from all of us to help them through a bad time. The greater south of Haiti is home to some of the proudest inhabitants of the island. Before the earthquake these departments, like Grande Anse and towns like Pestel were jewels, boasting a bucolic environment with a slow paced lifestyle . Today, Pestel is devastated, and the rest of the Nippes Department is not much better. People there need our help.
#cleanupHaiti it’s time.
Some of the nefarious characters who have contributed to making Haiti a hell on earth for many have resurfaced, trying to sound like persons without blemish in their past. My friend Alix Conde, a content creator who specializes in video presentations has the perfect clip to address this
Major earthquake in Haiti, mainly located in the south, with the epicenter in the Nippes region. Les Cayes, third largest town in the country is going through a bad times because persons there watched complete destruction of the town, and at the onset ran away from the town because of the fear of a tsunami. Many houses including hotels have been destroyed with many lives lost. Pestel, Petit Trou de Nippes, Anse a Veau and many of the towns in the southern departments are really suffering with major damages with no organized reaction from the authorities so far. The DPC, the civil protection agency, is well trained, but it lacks resources, especially in the areas affected by the quake, and also most of the decision makers along with major supply depots are in Port-au-Prince. With the problem in Martissant where bandits have effectively locked passage to the south for the past two, or is it three, months, it’s going to be difficult to provide help to those in need. Persons in the affected areas are crying for help, with no water, food, shelter and basic necessities lacking.
As of yesterday, Saturday August 14, there is major damage, while the authorities have not been able to act to help those affected. An unconfirmed report gives a count of over 400 persons dead, while the wounded number in the thousands. The material damages are incalculable, with whole towns like Pestel, Arnaud, Petit Trou de Nippes, Beaumont, Marfranc almost completely destroyed. According to reports, former Senator and Mayor of Les Cayes Jean Gabriel Fortune has died in his hotel, along with many others. There were many people in town to celebrate the feast of Notre Dame which is celebrated on the 15th every year. This feast usually draws a lot of people from all over who come to Gelee, the beach area that people from Les Cayes love to enjoy. Although many people skipped the celebration because of the insecurity, many still made the trip. The earth quake took everyone by surprise and there are many victims.
There has been very little reactions from the government. Former de facto president Jovenel Moise broke up most local governments and never held elections, so the population has no leadership to turn to. All along the south towns are left to themselves with no supplies, hospitals and public works to clear roads and help people. The whole Nippes Department is destroyed with all the towns affected. Persons living in that department have no one to turn to, with the majority of the buildings and houses destroyed.
Haitians everywhere’s need to come together and provide help to those in need. We must forget all that keeps us divided and help our brothers and sisters in need. In the greater south of Haiti we have many victims, not only in the towns, but also in the countryside. This is going to lead to another exodus toward Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas because persons in the south are not going to stay there and starve. Public works has not reacted yet, as the Ministry of Public Works and Energy has remained absent, with no declaration from the minister. The DPC – Civil Protection Agency – has not shown the leadership needed in those times, as its mission states.
Many persons in Port-au-Prince and sons and daughters of Haiti living abroad must come together to provide help. We must be careful about letting our goodwill be used by politicians who will try to build their image around propaganda. Now is not the time for the opposition to talk on media outlets, but they need to gather their supporters and organize help to those in need. Those who are fighting corruption cannot allow corrupted persons to come out of their lair to puff their chests and act like good people. They are directly responsible for the lack of hospitals and the sad state of the healthcare system. While ready to provide help in whatever amount we each can afford, we need to be watchful that what we give is not used by “Zots” to build political capital.
Sincere condolences to all who lost their lives and those who are hurt and homeless.
Lately, militants from different organizations in Port-au-Prince have been demonstrating, asking for the release of all political prisoners from illegal incarceration in overcrowded, unhealthy conditions. Prisoners like Arnel Belizaire, Kilik, Paul, Abelson and a host of others are suffering from malnutrition and borderline torture in the hands of penitentiary staff who are underpaid and bitter.
Militants and police officers associated with the SPNH, the unrecognized police syndicate trying to bring unity and better working conditions for rank and file officers, staged a sit in at the Ministry of (in) Justice. It was a small and active vocal group which carried banners and yelled slogans to let persons know about the plight of the illegally held political prisoners. After awhile de facto police officers broke up the sit in by tossing tear gas canisters and threatening those who participated. The demonstration was peaceful and although the participants were vociferous in their denunciation of illegal incarcerations, they were peaceful. De facto police broke it up even though brother police officers were participating. Officers from the UDMO were particularly active, and they chased the militants all the way to Champs de Mars, which they blanketed with tear gas. If only these brave officers from UDMO would show such ardor when fighting criminals, rather than peaceful demonstrators, the killings would stop in BelAir and the Fifth section of Port-au-Prince.
Anarchy is on the rise because conditions are worsening for the population. According to experts close to five million persons in Haiti are at risk of suffering from malnutrition, while the government continues to destroy agriculture in the country. Most food is imported, so the cost is above what most persons can afford. Middle class families sometimes only eat one meal a day, with no snacks. Poor persons are literally starving, and it looks like there is a master plan to starve the population to reduce their number, while also stopping people from being active in a search for a better life. The day to day struggle of eating an inadequate meal keeps persons too occupied to worry about anything else.
The wheels are coming off for the government and it’s allies. Martissant remains a killing field despite bombastic declarations from de facto prime minister Henry and police de facto chief Charles. Gunfire resonates at all hours and traveling through the southern entrance of Port-au-Prince is a deadly adventure. The U. S. Dollar is on the rise, as the Gourde loses value steadily, so the cost of living keeps rising. Compared to the hunger riots of 2008, the one waiting to take place will be way more destructive because a lot more people within the population will be desperate. De facto prime minister Ariel Henry is continuing the same destructive plan that the former deceased president was following. The puppet masters are pulling the strings, while hoping they don’t break.
Usually, after a Head of State is murdered, as in the case of former de facto president Jovenel Moise a month ago, there is a change in the powers in control, jails are emptied out, as political prisoners are set free, and a new regime steps in. In Haiti after the death of the former President it’s as if nothing happened. Instead of freedom for political prisoners who were against the former de facto president more opponents are packed in already overflowing jail cells, along with the patsies accused of killing Jovenel. The new man in charge, de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry is following the same script, maintaining the PHTK in power and allowing gangsters to continue terrorizing the population. In Martissant just this past week, criminals fired on a mini bus, killing many passengers and wounding others. The police is helpless facing gangs that are supported by the government. According to rumors, the prime minister used to have a relationship with the G9, the federation of thugs led by J. Cherizier, better known as BBQ. It has been sixty days since the southern entrance to Port-au-Prince is under control of gangsters, and many people have been killed during that time, their bodies eaten by dogs and pigs because the authorities have given up.
Haiti continues to slide toward anarchy and a descent toward catastrophe. The present government is continuing the same policies that former de facto president Jovenel Moise was pushing. De facto PM Henry stills depends on the Core Group to keep his job because most of the population does not back him up. He is still letting the gangs roam free, as they control their respective territory, while the police stands by divided and with little effectiveness. Elections that will probably be another round of selections are still programmed, while businesses are dying, there is no gasoline sold in service stations, crime is rampant and garbage is everywhere. In less than three weeks schools are supposed to open after summer vacation, and there are no preparations started, while parents have no money to send their children to school. Teachers who work for public schools have not been paid and they have no supplies.
With a rise in Covid-19 apparently affecting the country, people in Haiti are nervous. There is a campaign to provide vaccines to a few persons since there are less than half a million doses available for a population of nearly twelve millions. The health care system is shot because the authorities are more concerned with making money than providing service to the population. Public hospitals have no medicine, the smell in those places is enough to make you vomit, and poor people lay on the floor waiting for treatment that rarely comes. The private hospitals are just a little better, as the whole healthcare system is shot.
Resistance to the present regime is the only solution, and grassroots groups are leading the way. Militants in Champs de Mars, along with groups like Fos Delmas, Nou Pap Domi and the Petro Challengers need support from all who can help because they are the key to a better Haiti. The political opposition needs to mobilize to get freedom for political prisoners like Arnel Belizaire and all the others crammed in jail with no trial in sight. People really need to do something about this absurd situation. The judicial system in Haiti is totally corrupt and working for the PHTK, legal bandits who are driving the country to despair. Haitians everywhere must come together and fight to regain our country from those who have taken it and made it a hell hole. Time to fight or watch the country become a slave haven for thieves and foreign handlers.
As seen from the eyes of the population in Haiti, more UN involvement in the affairs of the country means more despair, destruction and weakening of all institutions in Haitian society. As someone who lived in Port-au-Prince during the last UN occupying mission, the MINUSTAH, I witnessed the incompetence and arrogance of UN administrators, staff and soldiers toward everyone in the population. They were aptly called the TOURISTAH by Haitians who witnessed how the country regressed during their so called stabilizing mission. The gangs who are terrorizing the population became strong, some even came into existence during the years preceding the MINUSTAH’s withdrawal from Haiti, and regained strength following Rene Preval’s term as President of Haiti. President Preval was able to disarm many of the gangs back in 2006-2007, while some hid their guns, waiting for a better atmosphere. Peace was restored then throughout the country until the advent of Martelly and the PHTK, which has led us to where we are. De facto president Jovenel Moise was murdered while still in office and the UN is calling the shots through Claude Joseph, Tiklod as he’s known by impertinent persons.
As in the case of the last major UN intervention in Haiti, a lot of money will flow through persons in charge and end in deep pockets, mainly Haitian businessmen, international procurement experts and those in charge. The international advisors seem to have agreed to let de facto prime minister Joseph be in charge of the country, even though he was recently fired by de facto president Jovenel Moise before the latter was killed. Even though Claude Joseph is seen as someone who should be questioned in the murder of the sitting president, the international community has selected him to lead the government of Haiti. As far as the political sector in the country, it is so deeply divided and subservient to the United States that its members are practically handcuffed. Even the political opposition is divided, with significant antagonism that prevents concerted action. The vast majority of politicians in Haiti have a “Blan” who gives them advice and or orders, along with money, travel perks and financial assistance during elections. So unity and concerted action will not come from that sector unless persons in politics are willing to ignore the “Blan “ and his “help” in the quest for democracy neocolonial style.
The only solution is mobilization of the population with organizations like Nou Pap Domi, Fos Delmas, Petro Challenge, student groups and various youth organizations that are fighting against the destruction of Haitian society and the corruption of values in society. The press in Haiti and abroad is blindly following the plan to remove all decision making from the hands of persons living in the country by choosing puppets to be pulled on a string. After ignoring happenings in Haiti prior to the murder of the sitting president, suddenly Haiti is on front page. Never mind that persons were killed daily in gang led terror campaigns against the population, news from Haiti was suppressed until now.
Haitians living abroad need to really get involved in supporting our home or we will not be able to call it home anymore. The country is sliding in the abyss and unless something is done byHaitians the worse can happen. We need to support all endeavors to restore our independence and take matters into Haitian hands that are truly patriotic and love Justice.