Italy v. Haiti

Italy v. Haiti

From January 29, 2023 Yesterday I sent a few friends and family the details of my trip to Rome and Assisi in March. But I also noted that if the current dramatic spike in the violence, protests, and insecurity have not diminished by March, I might be forced to cancel the trip and stay in Haiti to be with my…

Closed Schools and Empty Streets

Closed Schools and Empty Streets

From January 28, 2023 Schools were closed yesterday in Port-au-Prince. The streets were empty. Many businesses alsodid not open. Fear was in the air. No one knows what will happen next. Gabens sent me a photoof one the cops that was killed. I thought about putting in the Journal, but I decided not to as itwas too gruesome.

Trouble in the Streets of P-au-P

Trouble in the Streets of P-au-P

From January 27, 2023 Late yesterday morning Stéphanie called me to say the streets were “agitated.” While I wastraveling to Florida on Wednesday, six policemen were gunned down and killed in Port-au-Prince. Yesterday, the police came out is force to protests the daily killing of policemen. Theflooded the streets and blocked all the major intersections. One employee who made it…

Back in Florida

Back in Florida

From January 26, 2026 Michel pulled up to the airport terminal at 8:35am. Officer Richard walked with me from the car and into the terminal. A uniformed cop recognized him. They exchanged a greeting. Richard walked me deep into the terminal to the end of a long waiting for the security check. Some guy pulled me off the line and…

Orevwa

Orevwa

From January 25, 2023 The odd-looking word in the title is Creole for goodbye. It is like the French, au revoir. Next month I will have to brush up on my Italian…arrivederci, goodbye. Today I’ll make my way back to the land of hot water and air-conditioning.

Mornings Are Noisy

Mornings Are Noisy

From January 24, 2023 Some weekday mornings are so noisy, I cannot think. Yesterday was one of those mornings.Getting a slew of kids up, fed, dressed, and ready for school is no easy task. If any reader weremagically transported to our yard early on school morning, they would think it is pure chaos. Butit is not.

Got Water?

Got Water?

From January 23, 2023 Yesterday morning, one of the guys told me that the water pump was broken and it could not befixed until today. The pump is vital, as it pumps water from the reservoir to the roof where it isstored in a large tank. The water is for washing dishes, doing laundry, and for bathing on boththe first…

Just Photos

Just Photos

From January 22, 2023 On Friday, Steph visited her mom and Moise wanted to come. Along the kid next to her mom loaned Moise his crazy glasses. On Thursday, Steph got a new hairdo. I enjoyed waiting in the beauty parlor.

A Huge Day

A Huge Day

From January 21, 2023 Yesterday was a hugely important day at Santa Chiara. At shortly after noon, Michel drove through the gate (it was open). In the car with him was a judge, a court clerk, and a uniformed policeman to protect the government officials. This was the day the judge would inspect Santa Chiara and speak with the seven…

A Bizarre Twist to a Bizarre Story

A Bizarre Twist to a Bizarre Story

From January 20, 2023 Back on October 11, 2022, I shared a nightmarish story that happen in the middle of the night at Santa Chiara. At three in the morning, Steph and I were woken up a persistent ringing of the doorbell to our second-floor apartment. It was a frantic staffer saying that a woman staffer had given birth to…