Another night without electricity in Port-au-Prince where we see small projectors of the Sogebank de Delmas 30 lit in the streets of the Delmas highway, September 5, 2023. Photo by Juhakenson Blaise/ The Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE—On a late August weekend day, around 3 p.m., a woman in her 20s approached a street vendor, seeking to purchase three small water packets. She insisted that the water be ice cold, firmly expressing her desire for refreshment on a hot day. The request irritated the vendor, who swiftly responded.

"Where do you see the electricity to keep things ice cold," the vendor asked. "The water packets I have are cold, not ice cold."


Port-au-Prince has had no electricity for several months this year, leading to disputes between frozen products vendors and buyers and arousing fear on unlit city streets.

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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.