This family struggles to support itself and feed its children. They press sugar cane to make molasses for exportation. It will be used to make rum in the Dominican Republic and then taxed highly as an import back to Haiti. This is where they live…
is how they press the cane.
Haitians still produce small amounts of food for their own needs with a little bit left to sell at the local market – like this …
but many, many families cannot afford to feed their children. Some of them do get fed though, thanks to nutrition centers set up near some towns. Many of the centers, like the ones in Pignon, are run by local missionaries and feed hundreds of children each week.
These boys are sharing one serving so they can take leftovers back to their families.
But the nation as a whole is incredibly poor and has been – largely as a result of the slave revolution of 1791.
On another note, I found it interesting that revolutions have caused many nations to essentially flip-flop. The United States, originally colonies of “leftover” Englishmen, became wealthy, industrialized, and stable after its revolution. Many Latin American countries, initially wealthy and sophisticated colonies, became underdeveloped, unstable, and dependent on foreign investment after their revolutions. The same goes for Haiti. It was once a global, economic power and now it’s the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Would they be where they are today if they hadn’t had such a brutal and bitter revolution?