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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