By Onz Chéry and Murdith Joseph & Juhakenson Blaise

CAP-HAITIEN — The United States and Canada’s travel ban on long-time politicians Youri Latortue and Joseph Lambert for their alleged drug trafficking activities and ties to gangs is drawing some hope from residents of Haiti and raising new questions from observers.


The United States and Canada sanctions on Haiti’s Joseph Lambert and Youri Latortue on suspicion of drug trafficking and ties to criminal gangs do not go far enough, some residents say.

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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.

I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.

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.