By Onz Chery

Student activist Tristan ‘Mahfoud’ Matiado. Photo courtesy of Tristan Matiado

Tristan ‘Mahfoud’ Matiado, 26, looked unsettled, yet calm, as he looked into his phone camera to say the words that distressed so many of his supporters. 

‘I’m here in the Petit-Goâve police station,’ Matiado said the afternoon of Aug. 24 in a video posted on social media.

He then lowered the camera toward his arm, showing it handcuffed to the bars of a jail cell. The activist, applauded by many Haitians for fearlessly speaking out against Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse, spent one night in jail after that arrest. But it was long enough for him to decide that he would speak up for inmates too.


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Onz Chery

Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local soccer leagues in New York. After...