Skip to content

Tag: shelter

Every man for himself

View-inside-the-Haitan-ShelterBy Luiza Andrade      There’s a common saying in Haiti that reads “Chak kou kou klere pou jew.” Literally, it means that each firefly can only light the path for himself. It’s a saying that represents part of the living dynamics you’ll encounter if you enter the Haitian shelter here, in Brasiléia, and I’ll tell you why.

In the past two years, entrepreneurs and company representatives from all over the Country have been coming down to the Haitian shelter to select Haitian workers to fill in job positions that have long been suffering from the Brazilians’ unwillingness to stay in what they consider to be low-paid jobs.

Around five thousand Haitians have already entered the country illegally and gotten Humanitarian Visa through this city alone. Here, after a journey that can last from 8 to 20 days, they literally sit and wait for companies to come and take them away from the shelter and into a new life.

Leave a Comment