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.”


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.