Gang members fix their weapon in Cité Soleil Slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. ( Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

This story is part of a special investigation into Haiti’s gang crisis and potential solutions. To view the full series visit our special section, Gangs in Haiti: A deeper look.

CAP-HAITIEN — In a cafe in Pétion-Ville in 2008, a man was turning an unloaded Glock 47 around to inspect it among a group of friends. 

"This is pretty nice, man," the man said. "[How] about I give you a thousand dollars for it?"

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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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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.