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For some in Haiti’s capital, misery “too excruciating” to celebrate holidays


PORT-AU-PRINCE — On a recent December day, Anette, a vendor, sat on a high chair in the local market in Route de Frères, looking over the provisions displayed on a table, while calling out to customers to buy her food. 

But she did so on alert and with no intention of staying out too long because “lari à twò sispèk pou mwen,” meaning the streets are unsafe.

“I used to sell some decorations during end-of-year celebrations,” the single mother-of-3 said. “This year, I played the card of caution and decided to offer pumpkins and other ingredients for the soup [joumou] on January First. But still, buyers are not rushing.” 

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