Evelyne (left), in the black outfit, sits next to another Carrefour-Feuilles survivor who sleeps at Rue Alerte near the entrance to the Port-au-Prince Cemetery on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. Their faces are blurred for safety reasons. Photo by Juhakenson Blaise/The Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Evelyne has spent her entire life in Carrefour-Feuilles, never letting nightfall catch her too far from the Port-au-Prince neighborhood. She has raised her two children here, staying even after the tragic loss of their father in a car accident three years ago. 

But last Tuesday, dressed in somber black attire, the 36-year-old sat in front of a grave at the Port-au-Prince Cemetery to sell her wares. The spot is also where she sleeps at nightfall.

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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.