An empty road in Martissant, Port-au-Prince where people are forced to travel past by boat or air due to gang activities. Photo via Metropole

MARTISSANT, Haiti — Richard Edma, a married father and court clerk, was flying in a small airplane from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel when it crashed into a crowded street in Carrefour on Apr. 20. Edma and four others died on impact. 

 “I am so mad my husband is lost,” Claudine Edma told The Haitian Times, from her home in Jacmel three days later. “The people responsible for my husband’s death, God will make them pay for this crime for many generations.” 

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.