Since its independence and even before, Haiti has had to face many challenges, whether it being natural disasters or political and social chaos. We often say that God gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. I can certainly attest to Haiti being one of them without any pretensions.
However, what Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, has had to deal with in the last few days reminds me of how important it is to analyze situations and to try to find solutions to them.
What is happening?
We all know the cost of living increases everywhere, however, it does not impact everybody in the same way. Since Haiti is considered one the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, it is hard for the majority of Haitians to live a sustainable life where all their needs can be met.
The increase in gas prices for instance, means that a lot of Haitians are out of the current budget. The government keeps increasing the cost of living, without considering the needs of the population. Everything is expensive in Haiti, especially for the majority of people who can’t afford even the simplest of necessities. A combination of all the financial increases and economic downturns, has contributed to the current riots.
What is my Opinion?
As a Haitian myself and having visited Haiti twice, I can fully understand the anger of the population regarding the current situation. Economic suffering has been going on for decades, and the government continues to promise the population that it will make major changes regarding the countries social, economic, and political atmospheres.
When Jovenel Moïse came into power, the Haitian lower classes had high hopes that changes would me made.
However, the increase in gas prices and other economic incidents ruined the hopes of these lower classman. I share in the angers of the Haitian underclass, as a similar situation happened here in the province of Quebec.
I subsequently agree with the current protests ideological narratives. However, I clearly disapprove on how the protests manifested. How can you destroy a hotel? How can you kill an innocent citizen? They burnt homes, hotels, cars, they killed people.
The problem with Haiti, is that they keep doing the same things over and over again and nothing changes.
What these protestors don’t know is that they are actually ruining the economy of the country because the capital is the economic center of the country, and the major international airport is in Port-au-Prince, a direct consequence for future tourism.
These protests have created more chaos, rather than protect the underclass. Furthermore, if the people were better educated, the rate of violence during these protests wouldn’t have be as high, and would likely have been more peaceful. The Haitian government, clearly needs to recognize this correlation.
What Haiti can do in the future
Haiti needs formal infrastructure where the authorities will be able to serve the population efficiently. The nation currently lacks a strong infrastructure to ensure its future. The next generation of Haitians will need to think ahead for their country.
With the advent of globalization, Haiti needs to better involve it’s citizens in the global process. I truly believe this will usher in a new Haiti where peace and prosperity will be an everyday reality.
Lest we not forget that Haiti was the first Black Republic in modern history, and has influenced many other countries seeking to gain their own independence!
Haiti has many resources at their disposal, and I am waiting for the day where the nation utilizes its brains, rather than its weaponry for the benefit of the entire region.