The Haitian police: An institution in ruin and now under siege

The Haitian police: An institution in ruin and now under siege

“Men anlè!” In recent months in Port-au-Prince, that command — “hands up” in English — has been issued more often by gun-toting gangsters than by law enforcement apprehending suspects.  In early June, videos of residents fleeing a gang shootout, with hands raised, went viral. Meanwhile, some police officers stayed in their stations, even spent the […]

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Officials to renew health emergency status, discuss prison care

Officials to renew health emergency status, discuss prison care

Haiti’s state of health emergency to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be renewed Wednesday, a government communication official said.  Frantz Exantus made the announcement Monday in an interview. Also on Monday, in a virtual meeting, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph discussed the health situation in the prisons with the minister of public health, the […]

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Standing on the heap of American racism, as ‘nèg Ginen’

Standing on the heap of American racism, as ‘nèg Ginen’
Elmina Castle, year of return, Haitians and Africans, haitian heritage

Elmina Castle, year of return, Haitians and Africans, haitian heritageAs a Haitian American, I thought of the Creole phrases “nou soti nan Ginen,” and “nou se nèg Ginen.” “We come from Guinea.” “We are people from Guinea.” By Guinea we mean Africa — somewhere. Over the centuries, these affirmations of ancestry have bound Haitians by blood and in revolution. They have been a bouquet garni in some of our proverbs, our songs, and our lore. Going to Ghana in 2020 was my return to “Ginen,” my own pilgrimage to pierce the mystery of an unknown ancestral past. I wanted to get to know myself better. At least that was my hope.

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