Christina Jean-Louis
International development consultant Christina Jean-Louis, one of the people who choose to live in Haiti despite the different crises, posing for a picture at Hôtel Villa Thérèse in Port-au-Prince in January 2022. Photo courtesy of Christina Jean-Louis

CAP-HAITIEN — Activist Tristan ‘Mahfoud’ Matiado is certain “they’re” out to kill him, he said. While hiding with his girlfriend and son, a struggling Matiado relies on money from friends overseas. On top of that, Matiado is disgusted by the trash-filled streets, corrupt politicians, alleged embezzlement schemes and so much more. 

In May, when Matiado traveled to the Dominican Republic he was ready to move there permanently.  

"Everything is set in stone for me to hate Haiti," Matiado, 27, said. "But I find it crazy not to love Haiti. I won’t choose to go to another country."

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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.