A protester dressed as Jean-Jacques Dessalines, whose death is commemorated each year on October 17, 2022, rides a horse during the protest that day in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo by Marvens Compère for The Haitian Times

When he is in Haiti, Gerald Joanis, a dancer with the Jacmel Arts Center, wakes up and listens to the news.

“We listen to everything that's happening in the country,” Joanis said in an interview last summer. “And it makes a person so nervous and worried that they don't ever want to leave their house because of all the bad news.” 


Artists throughout Haiti continue making art, voicing their thoughts, often in protest.

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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 is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.