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Re: #429: Shacochis et al: Munsell comments
From: John Munsell <JMunsell@maf.org>
For what it's worth...
I've lived in Haiti for 2 years now and all I've heard is gloom and doom.
"Don't go here", "don't go there", "it can only get worse", etc. Obviously
there are problems and killings and it's no picnic, BUT.
There is always a lot of building going on. Every morning I see masons,
block makers, steel workers, and carpenters hard at work. If I need some
welding work done I have to schedule a time to get the work done, they
can't come right out. There are dozens of new gas stations with
mini-markets who are doing a booming business. If I had the time and money
I'd get a franchise in here. It's almost a sure bet. There are better
one's out there than Jerry's Sub's and Pizza and Texaco Starmart, and these
guys are BUSY 14 hours a day. I fly out over northeast of Port-au-Prince
and around Cap and many other places and there's construction and land
development. There definitly is a middle class and it's growing. I don't
have any hard facts, but I'd have to be blind not to see the growth.
Almost the entire 15 Oct road is lined with buildings and businesses being
built. It wasn't there 2 years ago. There are at least 5 new cell phone
tower sites in the last 6 months. Busta is now the drink of choice (and
the bottles littered all over). "Bon" (a company from the D.R.) and Nestle
Icecream carts are EVERYWHERE. Carabintair and Tropical Airways are moving
close to 700 passengers a day inside Haiti and it keeps growing. Etc, etc.
So, are people worried? Yes, very worried, but life goes on.
On a side note I know of two instances in the last week where zengledos
have been hacked up with machete's and left in the street. People are fed
up with the crime. The worry is not a coup, it is crime, gangs, drugs,
car-jackings, and poor utilities. I personally know 4 people who were
victims of car-jackings in the last 3 months, and I don't know anyone
anywhere in Haiti that hasn't had problems with phone, power or water
I know this is all just what I see in my life, but I hope it gives you all
an idea of the atmosphere apart from the news reports and news about
elections, etc. Just heard a gun shot out on Delmas... Life (and death)