Agents seize firearms and ammunitions in Haiti

A customs brigade accompanied by BLTS agents seized seven firearms, magazines and ammunition in Cap-Haitien on Thursday. According to Jean Claude Clervaux, director of customs surveillance of the fight against fraud and smuggling, the agents also seized 15 empty magazines and 12 3.80 cartridges as well as 48 tactical flashlights of XML-T6 model. Customs again seized these weapons, ammunition and weaponry in a 40-foot container from the United States. Continue reading

Haitian President Moise confirms 2 cases of Coronavirus in country

President Jovenel Jovenel Moïse, announced on Thursday that two confirmed cases of coronavirus have been identified in Haiti and has declared a national health emergency across the territory. The president noted that a whole series of measures will be adopted, including the establishment of a curfew, the closing of schools, airport borders, industrial parks among others. Continue reading

Opposition party to work with government

The reformist Force louverturienne political party, whose main leader is Emmanuel Ménard, announces that it will observe a political truce with the ruling tete kale regime. A new round of negotiations, started in January 2020, between some of the political protagonists, with a view to resolving the current crisis in Haiti, have resulted in another clear failure, as expected in political circles. Continue reading

Rwanda relaxes visa requirements for Haitians

For a 90-day stay in Rwanda, Haitian nationals are exempt from visa fees. In recent times, the rapprochement between the two countries with close areas (Haiti: 27,750 square kilometers; Rwanda: 26, 338 square kilometers) and with almost similar statistics, has not failed to sparkle the spirit of Haitians. Continue reading

Haiti declares emergency over coronavirus, imposes curfew, shuts borders

Haiti’s government on Thursday declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, closing the borders of the Americas’ poorest nation and imposing a curfew after authorities detected the first two cases of infection.

President Jovenel Moise told a news conference that all the Caribbean country’s ports, airports and borders would be closed to people from midnight on Thursday, though they would remain open for goods traffic. Continue reading

Haitians In America

American Routes Shortcuts: Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla: My parents are Haitian immigrants. They immigrated during the Duvalier regime in the ‘60s. Both of my parents have worked in human rights and activism for Haitian human rights for years. I think my parents really wanted me to recognize my Haitian identity, which is challenging, you know, when you’re raising a kid in the United States. And so it’s been interesting for me because I think a lot of what has motivated my work is to try to connect to that, to try to understand. Continue reading

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