Ayiti (land of high mountains) – the creole word for Haiti, the first nation to become independent in Latin America and the Caribbean but yet the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
When I told people that I was going to Haiti for a few days I was asked:
• Why Haiti ?
• Are you going on mission work?
Yes almost everyone expressed shock. When they got over it I was implored to watch what I eat and drink.
I was advised to get vaccinated against yellow fever, hepatitis A and to have on hand my malaria tablets. They also cautioned about dengue malaria and cholera. Yes I have heeded certain warnings and have taken precautions.
This is the Haiti 🇭🇹 I saw when approaching and landing at the Hugo Chavez International Airport, Cap Hatien. Yes I understand that the north is more verdant than the south but nonetheless.
For many reasons I will not name here I opted for Cap Haitien instead of Port au Prince. No regrets so far.
Mainstream Media would have you believe Haiti is a completely denuded,dry, barren country. Granted that flying over the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic side looks much greener, but the children have not cut down all the trees in the forest for food as yet.
All that being said though the level of trash along the airport road is astounding. How do you teach a people to take pride in their environment?