CAP-HAITIEN — David Saint-Juste’s voice started shrieking through the phone as if he was about to cry, but somehow he managed to collect himself. The problems in Bel Air, a rundown neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, are just too much to bear.
Children often spend three days without a proper meal, and one of them has been complaining about getting dizzy. About every two weeks, people are shot dead in the neighborhood. Many residents are still homeless after gang members burned their homes. They are so helpless that some have gone to the point that they collect rainwater to take care of their basic needs, Saint-Juste said.
Saint-Juste spoke to The Haitian Times on the eve of May 2022, a month known for two patriotic holidays: Labor and Agriculture Day and Flag Day. Depressed, celebrating those holidays in any shape or form was nowhere near Saint-Juste's mind.
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