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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse Laid to Rest

Nation Continues to Struggle with Violence and Political Unrest

Funeral services were held Friday for Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, 53, on the grounds of his family’s home in the city in which he was born, Cap-Haitien.

Meanwhile, investigations go on to determine who was behind the president’s assassination as more suspects continue to be tracked down and detained.

Two U.S. citizens are among at least 17 suspects arrested for their alleged participation in the ruthless murder of President Moïse on July 6 at his private residence. His wife, Martine, who was seriously injured in the attack, was able to attend her husband’s funeral where she said while speaking about their life together, “he stole my heart.”

Meanwhile, scores of Haitians continue to look for the reasons behind the attack and what the future holds for them and their country. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who initially declared a two-week state of emergency and closed the airport in the Caribbean nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince, promised to bring order to his country.

But for now, violence and political unrest prevail with gangs causing havoc in the capital city, burning homes and businesses to the ground, kidnapping both children and adults and squaring off in deadly shootouts with rival gang members on the streets, often killing innocents caught in the crossfire.

Nephtalie Hyacinthe, 43, born and raised in Haiti, left the country 27 years ago. The divorcée now lives in Miramar, Fla., with her 12-year-old daughter, where she runs her own business as a public relations strategist.

She continues to search for the words to help her daughter understand the magnitude of the challenges that remain for the people of Haiti and members of their family who still live there.

“Those like me who have left the country, want to return home. We want to help our families. But it isn’t safe for us to go back to Haiti.”

“Imagine how people now feel when even the president and his wife could not escape violence. Americans don’t understand what life is like back home in Haiti. For my daughter, it’s a hard reality – one which she remains too young, for now, to comprehend,” she said.

D. Kevin McNeir – Senior Editor

Dominic Kevin McNeir is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of service for the Black Press (NNPA). Prior to moving East to assist his aging parents, the native Detroiter engineered a transformation of The Miami Times resulting in its being named the NNPA’s “Publication of the Year” in 2011 – just one of several dozen industry-related awards he’s earned in his career. He currently serves as senior editor for The Washington Informer. There, in the heart of the U.S. Capitol, he displays a keen insight for developing front-page news as it unfolds within the greater Washington area, capturing the crucial facts and facets of today’s intriguing, political arena. He has degrees from The University of Michigan, Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2020, he received First Place for Weekly Newspaper, Commentary & Criticism, Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. Learn more about him at www.dkevinmcneir.com, Facebook – Kevin McNeir, Twitter - @mcneirdk, Linkedin – D. Kevin McNeir or email: mcneirdk@washingtoninformer.com.

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