Haiti earthquake, tents in Haiti
A tent city in Cavaillon, a commune in the Southern Department, a year after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti's southern region. Photo credit: Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation

Six months after a local pastor built a shelter in Cavaillon for Olucia Jean-Louis and 14 others left homeless by the earthquake that devastated Haiti’s southern region last year, three men broke into the temporary home. During the April 25 break-in, the thieves made off with 10 of the cooking pots Jean-Louis sells to make a living in the Southern Department commune. 

When the trio attempted to sell the pots later that day, Jean-Louis, with the help of other residents, detained one of the men and delivered him to the police station. In retaliation, Jean-Louis said, the two other thieves set her home made of plywoods on fire.

"I was one inch away from going crazy after seeing that I was going to live under the same conditions I was in right after the earthquake," Jean-Louis said recently.

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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.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.