From Jocelyne Trouillot
IBBY Haiti has been able to have a few workshops even though the funds from IBBY were late in arriving. The other workshops and book distribution in the capital are going on. We will reach some other cities from next week until mid-June. We will send you a full report then, especially that we will be going for the first time in Cap Haitian and two other cities in the North. Cap Haitian is the second largest city in Haiti.
Things are still very bad here. Last week in Port au Prince, a young student was killed by a bullet. He was carrying his school bag, wearing his uniform, after leaving school. Adults die every day here with the gangs omni present. But every time it is a child who is murdered, one feels hopeless. People from a department cannot go to another part of the country without paying a ransom to the bandits or risk their lives. I am taking the small planes to go to the North. However, we will still continue. People start to waking up, taking things in their own hands. The government is not helping, the police have no means to control the gangs who have more sophisticated arms and the international community does not want to intervene, although supporting the actual illegal regime. Eventually, our people will fight but we have a long way to go.
We will keep in touch. Thank you so much for USBBY’s support.
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