Haiti plunges into economic crisis amid ongoing violence
Haiti descends deeper into economic crisis amid violence
Locals walk in a street market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Released on 2 September 2022. EFE-EPA/Johnson Sabin
Women sell vegetables at a street market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Released on 2 September 2022. EFE-EPA/Johnson Sabin
A woman sell food at a street market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Released on 2 September 2022. EFE-EPA/Johnson Sabin
Motorcyclists wait for petrol in a long queue at a filling station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Released on 2 September 2022. EFE-EPA/Johnson Sabin
The high cost of living in Haiti is making life difficult for locals, who have already been pummeled by the shortage of fuel, an unprecedented sociopolitical crisis and violence by armed gangs fighting for control over the territory.
Many Haitians are forced to go hungry, such as Daphney, a trader at the capital’s Pétion-Ville street market.
“Life is hard for me, I cannot buy food. I cannot buy anything. I have a business, but people do not come to buy things,” she told EFE, sitting along with one of her children as she displayed her product: ginger.
Another trader, Marie, has spent nearly three years selling her wares in Tabarre, close to the United States’ embassy in Haiti, and told EFE that the prices have remained unchanged, despite the authorities announcing measures to reduce the cost of living.
“There is no change. The price at which I buy the products has not changed. Chicken continues to be expensive, only the price of beans has dropped a bit. A sack of rice is selling for 3,000 gourdes (around $20),” she said.