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People protest for the release of kidnapped missionaries near the missionaries' headquarters in Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in October. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

NEW YORK / HAITI - As Haiti becomes further enmeshed in violence and turmoil this year — with armed groups blocking crucial deliveries of fuel supplies as the latest crisis, all while ill-equipped police stand by — calls have emerged for the international community to step in more vigorously.

Some Haitians, like Michel Philemon of La Montagne, a remote village in southern Haiti, believe they cannot rely on outside help to solve the country’s problems. 

Outsiders could assist, Philemon admits — as long as Haitians take the lead.

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.

Leonardo March

Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico. In a previous life Leonardo was a photographer and graphic designer, skills he’s refocusing to cover the Haitian Diaspora in the US. Leonardo can be reached at Leonardo@haitiantimes.com

J.O. Haselhoef

J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that worked with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.