9 days ago
Haiti was the last Caribbean island country left for me to explore in order to complete my Caribbean travel guide. I didn’t want to leave Haiti out of it. I decided to go and check for myself what is the real situation in that country and if it’s possible to enjoy as a tourist what that island has to offer.
When I booked my air ticket to Port-au-Prince with a departure date January 7, 2019, I didn’t know that date is when the President Jovenel Moise started serving as a President of Haiti in 2017. Upon arrival in Haiti on January 7, Haitian people were already protesting demanding President Moise's resignation. I was picked up by my AirBnb host from the airport and remained stuck indoors until next day at the AirBnb accommodation in Port-au-Prince.
On the next early morning, we decided to go to Jacmel with the AirBnb host, who was providing services as a driver. We were informed that during the times of unrest in the country, Jacmel is a calmer and safer place to be in than in Port-au-Prince.
As we were approaching Jacmel, we started running into road blockages built by rocks.
I couldn’t help it and took this photo with my iPhone from the car. One of the protestors saw me and that was the beginning of a bad situation. Many men surrounded our car, started rocking it, yelling and attacking us by throwing rocks on the car. Then they took my phone and run away with it, demanding to delete what I shot. I got lucky they gave me my phone back afterwards.
Unfortunately, I must say that Haiti is the most conflicted place on Earth I’ve visited so far. It’s a beautiful country just like any other Caribbean nation with some wonderful local people, however the political situation, the anger and violence at this time in that country are terrifying. —————————————
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