Little people in Haiti bear the destructive weight of prejudice

If occupying public spaces is a victory, finding a job is a miracle, according to interviews conducted by AyiboPost with three Haitian people suffering from dwarfism Lire cet article en français “Biological abnormality.” “Half-woman.” And other hurtful qualifiers… The streets of Port-au-Prince burst Muriette Jean-Baptiste’s eardrums. The constant verbal and psychological violence sometimes turns into physical aggression even within her family. In 2017, a vaginal hemorrhage struck the young woman for eight days, after a violent and unjustified attack by her own brother. “No one thought of taking me to the hospital, because I am unloved in my family because […]

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Corruption and leadership crisis plague Haiti’s trade unions

“Within the union sector, there are things that we do not want to make public, because it can cause problems”, relates the deputy coordinator of a union on questions of corruption in the sector Lire cet article en français In theory, the union known as «Centrale nationale des ouvriers haïtiens» (CNOAH) is supposed to defend its members in dealings with the Haitian authorities and employers, particularly during the heated debates on the state-set minimum wage. In 2023, the structure submitted a funding request for 14 million gourdes from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. After learning of this request, […]

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Saint-Michel clairin producers struggle to make deliveries, as gangs guard roads

“We have requests coming from everywhere, but we can’t supply them,” laments a guild owner in Saint-Michel-de-L’Attalaye interviewed by AyiboPost Lire l’article en français In less than a year, the Saint-Michel entrepreneur, Renaud Louissaint, has had two very trying experiences. In January 2023, while delivering six barrels (drums) of clairin to customers in Port-au-Prince, heavily armed bandits intercepted the truck and forcibly recovered all the merchandise onboard, near Bon Repos, at the northern entrance to the capital. The entrepreneur had nearly 330,000 gourdes, a huge loss for his economy. “Never again in Port-au-Prince,” he said to himself after what happened. […]

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What to do in Haiti with dangerous rice from the US? A researcher answers.

A recent study from the University of Michigan points out the presence of arsenic and cadmium at unacceptable levels in rice imported into Haiti. AyiboPost spoke with Jackie Goodrich, one of the authors of this scientific work Lire cet article en français Rice consumed in Haiti, originating from the United States and other countries, contains twice as much arsenic and cadmium, two substances dangerous to health, compared to local rice, according to the conclusions of a scientific research from the University of Michigan, published in February 2024. This rice generally passes US quality tests. But these tests are based on […]

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Sugarcane cultivation explodes in Saint-Michel-de-l’Attalaye

“In some places, farmers have abandoned beans and other crops to cultivate sugarcane,” agronomist Evens Joseph explains to AyiboPost Lire cet article en français While certain crops are unable to adapt to the effects of climate change, sugarcane cultivation in Saint-Michel-de-l’Attalaye is gaining ground. A study published in 2020 by a group of researchers from the Haitian Center for Innovation in Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture (CHIBAS) at Quisqueya University, and the Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) located in France, illustrates this phenomenon. Certain municipalities of Saint-Michel have seen areas cultivated with sugarcane increase by more […]

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This library created under the American occupation in Haiti, continues to operate

The spouses of the American occupiers created this library Lire cet article en français Despite the challenges facing many documentation centers in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, the Library Club of Haiti in Bourdon, in existence for almost a century, continues to welcome book lovers, thus creating a place conducive to development and cultural exchanges. The initiative began on January 2, 1924, during the military occupation of Haiti by the United States. At the time, “wives of officers and businessmen from the expedition united to set up the English library,” the current head of the club, Canadian Thomas Adamson, tells […]

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Men passionate about midwifery in Haiti

Although outnumbered by women, male midwives are paving the way with a considerable dose of passion in the country Lire cet article en français Ronaldo Jeanty still recalls the moment where a woman gave birth to a stillborn child in the waiting room of a hospital in Port-au-Prince on September 7, 2010. While she was screaming and writhing in pain a few minutes before, an obstetrician-gynecologist allegedly ordered her to be quiet after telling her he could not attend to her case due to fatigue. The woman died four hours later. The next few minutes saw the woman’s angry husband […]

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The 1937 massacre a point of tension between Haitian filmmaker and Dominican actors

The disagreement between the Haitian director and the Dominican professionals opens up an entire debate on the memory narrative linked to the 1937 massacre Lire cet article en français Leer este artícula en español In his latest documentary entitled “Forgetting kills twice”, Haitian director Pierre Michel Jean offers to revisit, through the history of the last survivors, the 1937 massacre which occurred on the Haitian-Dominican border, during which more than 20,000 people were killed. Finalized in 2022, the film could not be released on the agreed upon date because, according to Pierre Michel Jean, two Dominican actors who participated in […]

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Supposed sexual orientation cause for expulsion for Haitian school children 

“Boys who look like girls must find a new establishment to continue their studies,” says a priest in charge of a school in Port-au-Prince Lire cet article en français In April 2023, an angry parent contacted the Notre-Dame du Rosaire School administration to denounce an alleged lesbian relationship between Décossard, also known as Wendy, with her daughter. The school expelled Wendy with an incomplete report card after the complaint, in her father’s presence. In the hours preceding the decision, “I was placed alone in a room and other students were forbidden from approaching me,” testifies the eighteen-year-old teenager. Contacted by […]

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Opinion | Beyond Anger: Embracing Pragmatism in Haiti’s Struggle

To rebuild our nation, we need a pragmatic approach that recognizes the limitations imposed by a divided civil society and political class. Early on February 7th, the morning news reported members of the armed militia, the Brigade for Protected Areas (BSAP), were driving through the deserted streets of Pétion-Ville, and that police had abandoned their posts. This fueled hopes that the long-hoped-for revolution proposed by Guy Philippe—recently released from US prisons for money laundering and drug trafficking—was finally unfolding. However, by nightfall, the news had dramatically shifted. It was reported that five BSAP members were dead, and three were detained. […]

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