Haitians dance in the streets in carnival despite crisis

The Haitian city of Jacmel, in the south, vibrated this Sunday for its carnival, a tradition that its inhabitants decided to celebrate this year despite the serious crisis affecting the Caribbean nation.

The streets of the city were filled with music and a lot of color during a weekend, in which the comparsas and costumes were the protagonists.

Children, youth and adults joined this celebration in Jacmel, which celebrates the most important carnival party in the country.

The city decided to continue with the party despite the fact that on February 5 the Government of Haiti announced the cancellation of the national carnival due to the serious economic crisis that the country is going through.

"The Government, due to the economic difficulties that the country is facing, has decided this year not to organize a national carnival, but to accompany various communities that wish to offer their community carnival festivities, evaluating the health and safety risks"affirmed then the Ministry of Culture in a statement.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has suffered three years of economic recession, a situation that is partly a consequence of the political instability that the country is experiencing.

Economic activity has suffered in part from the waves of protests that, on several occasions, paralyzed the country for entire months between 2018 and 2021.

The violence of the armed gangs and the wave of kidnappings, which intensified after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise last July, have also had a negative impact on the activity of many companies and have contributed to the collapse of the tourism sector.

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The gangs, who block roads and attack truck drivers, have also caused problems with the supply of fuel and goods.

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