Jean Samuel Jusmé
Grande Saline's former mayor Jean Samuel Jusmé.

An ex-mayor of Grande Saline, a commune in the Artibonite Department, died in a car crash in Belladère, a commune in the Central Department, officials with the National Federation of Mayors (FENAMH) said Tuesday.

Jean Samuel Jusmé was the treasurer of the Association of Mayors in Artibonite and had participated in FENAMH events. The crash occurred March 31. Source

Lottery employees not paid in 3 months, leader says

Lottery of the Haitian State’s general director Margareth Fortuné. Photo via Gazette Haiti

The head of the Lottery of the Haitian State (LEH) said the government has not paid the agency’s employees in three months. 

General director Margareth Fortuné made the statement during a press conference Tuesday, the 94-year anniversary of LEH. The agency didn’t celebrate this year due to the ongoing violence across the country, Fortuné said. Source

Kidnapping cases drop in March

A protester acts out the kidnapping of high school senior Evelyne Sincère in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The young woman was found in a trash heap on Nov. 1 after relatives said they were unable to pay the large ransom demanded by her captors. Human rights groups contend the incident highlights the nation’s worsening security crisis. DIEU NALIO CHERY AP

The number of kidnapping cases being registered dropped from 60 in February to 27 in March, according to the Crime Observation Unit of the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights (CARDH).

Of those reported kidnapped, two were killed while being held captive. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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