Haiti has a complicated relationship with its own official languages. On one hand, it has French: imposed by colonists, spoken by the educated elite, and the language of instruction in most Haitian schools. On the other hand, it has Kreyòl: born out of slavery, understood by every Haitian, but rarely printed or read. And they … More Haitian Creole: Mark of shame, or symbol of pride?
There’s more than one way to speak kreyòl. But then, you knew that already, didn’t you? There’s more than one way to speak any language. Think of all the different ways people speak English — with accents, with local slang, with different levels of vocabulary. After hearing someone speak for the first time, you can … More Why are you speaking that “kreyòl rek?”
“You talk too much.” I’ve heard it all my life. How then did I come to make such a significant error of silence? Let’s ask my 88-year old mother. On a recent trip to Winnipeg, Canada to visit Mom, I flounced up the stairs and held it out to her…the holy grail, the crown jewel…my … More What my (European) Mom taught me about learning Creole
2016 has been a very eventful year in Haiti and around the world. As the clock ticks over to 2017 we can only wonder what’s in store for the year ahead. Here’s a list of things to keep on your Haiti radar from sectors as diverse as Creole language, to politics, to culture, and more. … More Haiti in 2017: Six Things To Keep An Eye On
BOOK REVIEWS by Sylvia Elias, British Columbia, Canada I’ve come to believe that Haiti provokes passion like no other place on earth. To support this, I give you two stunning novels by highly diverse authors: Claire of the Sea Light, from the brilliant mind of the venerable Haitian-born writer Edwidge Danticat; and Hold Tight, Don’t … More Haiti Through Literature: A Book Review
Let us be clear. Here at HaitiHub HQ, we are heartbroken over the loss of life, livelihoods, and homes caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and we support the important relief work that is happening in the immediate aftermath. Our prayers go out to those suffering. Our gratitude goes out to those providing direct emergency … More Hurricane Matthew – Haven’t We Seen This Before?
For those of you who are not fully caught up on the turbulence of Haiti’s current election cycle, please take a moment to read our February 2016 article below: How we got here: Haiti’s Presidential Elections If you’re looking for the necessary historical and political context to better understand this election, we recommend: Haiti’s History With Democracy : An … More Haiti Votes October 9th
Many of you have likely heard the news that the U.N. has finally admitted its role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti. While it’s “big news”, the U.N.’s role in the disaster is hardly new news. For the past five years the U.N. has dodged accusations that its Nepali base (established to respond to Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake) … More U.N. Acknowledges Role in Haiti’s Cholera Crisis
New places demand that we gain our bearings (both geographically and metaphorically) in order to operate successfully – I think that when it comes to working in Haiti, the maps below might help you do both. Whether you’re new to Haiti, or have lost count of your many visits, we’ve selected the following five maps because of the important information that … More Haiti: In 5 Maps
For those looking for a refresher, you can find our previous article on Haiti’s 2016 Presidential Election available here. With this post, we’re picking up with the most recent events, and then going back to Haiti’s foundations to explore the tumultuous path towards Haiti’s current democracy. Haiti Presidential Election Update: After Haiti’s Congress failed to … More Haiti’s History With Democracy : An Update on the Presidential Election