A person with reduced mobility on a wheelchair during a demonstration against insecurity in Cap-Haitien on July 30, 2022. Photo by Oldjy François for The Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE — In June 2021, a house for people living with disabilities in Delmas 2 went up in flames during a clash between police and the G9 Famille & Allies gang. Residents of the group home accused the police of setting the fire after officers blamed the disabled for “tolerating” the bandits around the camp.

In moments, scores of amputees, the blind, quadriplegics, deaf-mutes and others living with disabilities were left homeless.

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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.