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Cap-Haitien residents near the front entrance of a Western Union office on April 4, 2022. Photo by Onz Chery for The Haitian Times

CAP-HAITIEN — Back in 2011, when Fénelon Jean-Manick, a street money changer, first heard about the $1.50 tax on remittances to fund a free education program in Haiti, he was hopeful. 

But over the past decade, as the education program for middle schoolers failed to materialize, Jean-Manick and countless others have felt deceived and helpless. Saturday, when Jean-Manick learned from The Haitian Times that a lawsuit against former President Michel Martelly and other Haitian leaders and companies was proceeding in the United States, he began to feel hope.

“We were on our own,” said Jean-Manick, standing at a street corner, a stack of cash in hand. “No one was standing up for us. If we protested to ask where this $1.50 went, they would’ve shot and tear gassed us.”

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Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
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.