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Taking it to the walls: Graffiti says much about life in Haiti – Haitian Times

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Bridging the gap
CAP-HAITIEN — Burning tires, marches, peyilòk and dechoukaj. There’s no shortage of ways to express anger, dissatisfaction and helplessness in the streets of Haiti these days. Among the most common methods, admittedly less alarming, Haitians let out their frustrations is graffiti. 
The wall markings tend to be more scrawls than the highly stylized, colorful artwork that define the genre. Despite being in a country where everything is scarce, the writings still serve their purpose to express frustrations. At times, they also function as billboards for public service announcements (PSAs).
In Cap-Haitien, demonstrators have filled the walls of the northern city with protest graffiti.  Some denounce or praise politicians, others criticize international bodies. Here’s a sampling of expressions through graffiti from Haiti’s second largest city.

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Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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