The Republic of Haiti is a country located on the western half of the island of Hispaniola, in the Caribbean Sea. It borders the Dominican Republic to the East.
Haiti is a former Spanish and later French colony that declared independence in 1804. It was ruled by a series of authoritarian governments for much of the 20th century. Its capital and largest city is Port-au-Prince. With over 10 million inhabitants, it's the second-most-populous Caribbean country. This page collates all of DW's content on Haiti.
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Half the population doesn’t have access to water, the majority of them are unemployed and gun violence is a bleak reality. It’s no surprise that many citizens are choosing to live elsewhere. Like Chile, where there are currently 50,000 Haitians, with around 200 more arriving daily.
There's growing concern in Poland about the right-wing government's efforts to control the media. This year Poland ranked 54th on the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters without Borders. That's one place lower than Haiti. As Alexa Dvorson reports from Warsaw, Polish journalists often find themselves in a daily struggle to keep reality front and center.
Haiti is marking the 7th anniversary of a devastating earthquake that cost 300,000 people their lives. The exact toll is unknown as there was no systematic effort to count bodies in the chaotic days following the quake. Nine-year-old Judeley Hans Debel is one of thousands who survived but suffered disability as a result. He is undergoing a special therapy that helps him forget his problems.