Place de la cathedrale
A woman walking on the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Cap-Haitien Plaza on Jul. 8, 2022. Photo by Oldjy François for The Haitian Times

CAP-HAITIEN — To D’jerby Raphaël, a medical student based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is just a place where people live — not a real country — since the state is not able to govern. 

“Pa gen leta,” he said in Creole, a phrase often heard around Haiti.  “There is no state.”

The last president who tried to govern Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was shot dead 12 times inside his home in July 2021. Now, Acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry is giving it a try — with little success. Between the ongoing violence and other crises like the high cost of living, Haiti is deteriorating on Henry’s watch. 


With Haiti falling deeper into crises in the year after the Moïse assassination, some Haitians said a revolution, mostly of the mind, is needed.

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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.