A motorcyclist after riding past a fire set in a street in Ouanaminthe during a day of anti-government protest on Jan. 23, 2024. Photo credit: Samuel Dallemand

In Maxime Galladère’s neighborhood, Bel Air in Port-au-Prince, it’s not uncommon to find out that a friend was fatally shot. Eating more than once a day is what people there often call a luks, a luxury in English. Overall, some residents, including Galladère, feel they’ve hit rock bottom.

With that as his reality, when Galladère heard that Guy Philippe was vowing to end gang violence in Haiti in 90 days as part of a new revolution, he wondered if Philippe knew what he was saying.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for Go West Now. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining Go West Now in 2019.