Protestors in Haiti continue to demand a government overhaul, expressing anger with the country’s inability to deliver on promises of new infrastructure, education, and healthcare projects. But for many Haitians, the protests present yet another obstacle in their already challenging daily routines.
In Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, many students are not enrolled in school or are attending without basic supplies, because their parents, many of whom are textile workers, can’t afford the costs. Across the city last year, textile workers went on strike for an increase in the minimum wage, to no avail.
With the Port-au-Prince metro area producing 1,400 to 1,600 metric tons of waste daily, proper control will be a formidable and costly task. But officials hope that educating vendors and students about the dangers – and imposing new penalties – will curtail the problem.
Earlier in July, protests against price hikes paralyzed Port-au-Prince, but the demonstrations also forced the closing of one of the capital’s sources of affordable food: the informal street chefs known as “manje kwit.” With stands near markets and bus stops, these vendors offer meals for $1 or less, and their fare is a lifeline for many of the capital’s food-insecure residents.