We Know Things Are Bad in Haiti. What’s the Way Forward?
An assassination, an earthquake and ongoing kidnappings on top of a dysfunctional republic. One reporter—herself a Haitian immigrant—explains why she still has hope for Haiti.
“The question most Haitians are asking [is], what is working today in the country? Because everywhere you turn it’s just one crisis after another.”—Jacqueline Charles
Turmoil continues to broil in Haiti, with gangs growing increasingly powerful. In addition to recently kidnapping 17 missionaries (and demanding a $1 million ransom for each), gangs also control fuel supplies, preventing internet use, hospital care and more. Haiti was also the last country in the Americas to receive COVID vaccines. Schools are closed, and can’t meet online. But the U.S. has still deported over 10,000 people, mostly Haitians, back into the country, some of whom haven’t been there for 10 years.
Award-winning journalist Jacqueline Charles, a Haitian immigrant herself, has been covering it all for the Miami Herald. She says that everywhere you turn in Haiti, it’s one crisis after another.
In this episode, Jacqueline reveals the political deterioration that has led to gang control of Port-au-Prince, the migration trends, the disappointing role of the U.S. in post-earthquake Haiti, and where she believes the future of the country lies.
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