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Haiti one year after Moïse | A special report

One year after the Moïse assassination, Haitians lament government’s failures, resulting rise of gangs

Illustration by Leonardo March for The Haitian Times
Illustration by Leonardo March for The Haitian Times

By The Haitian Times 

Nicolas Joseph’s home in Plaine du Cul-de-Sac was supposed to be in a safe area, a place to escape the hotbed of shootings and kidnappings associated with Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. But on a Thursday in May, gunshots rang out across his neighborhood.

Bo, bo, bo. It sounds like it’s 10 meters away from you,” said Joseph, 30, a social work student. “I’m not just hearing about it in the news anymore, it’s not around me anymore — it’s in my home.”

The shooting turned out to be part of a raging gang battle, a facet of daily life that reminds all Haitians — in Port-au-Prince and the provinces, outside of it across the diaspora — that the country is out of control. For Joseph, the rampant violence is scary and an enormous disappointment.

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