Tempers Flare, Furniture Flies During Haiti Parliament Vote on Prime Minister

Tempers flared in Haiti’s parliament Tuesday as lawmakers resorted to pushing and shoving each other and swearing to vent frustrations over an act of vandalism that stunned the nation in the early hours of the morning.

A group of opposition lawmakers threw chairs, desks, papers — anything they could find — on the lower chamber’s floor and doused some items with oil in an attempt to block a scheduled vote on Prime Minister nominee Fritz William Michel and his Cabinet. Continue reading


Jessie Woo: Life of the Party, a Major Voice for Haitians

I was supposed to meet Jessie Woo in Flatbush for Haitian food, but she had other ideas. The comedian, TV and internet show host, singer-songwriter (and 2019 PAPER Predictions nominee) pulled up in a black Escalade with tinted windows outside my office 45 minutes before our scheduled meeting time.

When I got in, Woo, phone in hand, filming an Instagram Story, greets me. “Sak pase!” she yells, the jubilant Kreyol greeting for “what’s up?” “You know I had to come through,” Woo says. “We Black. It’s too damn hot to take the train… shit!” Continue reading


Almost a decade after Haiti quake, Latter-day Saints have rebuilt physically and spiritually

Marie Claire Jean-Jacque stiffens while talking about that hellish day, not too long ago, when her husband, Bernardo, didn’t return home.

Civil protests were raging across this volatile Caribbean capital — and Bernardo was gone and could not be found.

“When he didn’t come home,” said Marie, “I thought maybe he had been killed by a gang.” Continue reading

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