Haitian Flag Day Parade,
Members of the Haitian American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization (HALEFO) carrying the US and Haitian flags during a parade for Life of Hope’s Haitian American Heritage and Flag Day celebration in Flatbush, Brooklyn on May 18, 2021. Photo by Leonardo March for The Haitian Times

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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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.