Bridging Haiti’s class divide

Jean Wesner Guirand (photo: Jeb Sharp)
By Jeb Sharp

Class divisions are stark in Haiti. A tiny elite holds most of the country’s wealth and much of the rest of the population is desperately poor. People are divided by income, by language, even by skin color, and there’s fear and resentment all around.

Louis-Henry Mars thinks about these divisions a lot. He’s a former factory manager who comes from a long line of Haitian intellectuals. He says the outside world is focused on Haiti’s economy, but that’s not his priority.

“The front line issue for me is the issue of relationship between people and people, between the rich and the poor, between all sides of society, all sectors of society,” said Mars. “Until we actually focus on that first, nothing is really going to work here because that’s the real deep issue of the country.”
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