Port-au-Prince,
Some Haitian-Americans from Florida will be in the streets of Port-au-Prince this holiday season despite the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory against going to Haiti. Getty Images

FORT LAUDERDALE — It’s just not the same when she eats soup joumou in Florida, the Florida woman said. She really wants to celebrate the year-end festivities with her father, mother and sisters who live in Port-au-Prince. Plus, she doesn’t want to miss one of her favorite bands performing in Port-au-Prince. 

So, despite kidnapping being on the rise and the political unrest, the civic leader based in Broward County is considering a trip to Port-au-Prince for the holidays. The Florida woman preferred not to make her name public so she won’t get targeted. She travels to Haiti about once a month and is currently there.

“I refuse to live in fear,” the Florida woman said. “Peace is a beautiful thing, peace is equivalent to happiness to me. Go wherever you want to go, you’re going to die where you need to die.”

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Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
Onz 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 ESNY before joining The Haitian Times. Onz is also a Report for America corps member.