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Motorcycle drivers wait in line to buy gas as the gas station attendant fills up another vehicle in the Delmas 31 neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Saturday, November 13, 2022. Photo by Marvens Compère for The Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Gas stations began reopening in Haiti over the weekend of Nov. 11 after the G9 Family & Allies gang lifted a two-month blockade – to the relief of millions who’d been stuck at home. The resulting fuel shortage brought to a halt not only transportation, but the entire country – paralyzing activities across all areas of life, from schools to work to leisure

To understand the impact of fuel beyond its use for gas in vehicles, The Haitian Times put together this list of 10 major ways Haitians rely on fuel products to live their day-to-day lives. 


The fuel blockade in Haiti impacted a slew of day-to-day activities – from hospitals to water distribution to internet communication – keeping millions at home for two months.

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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.