‘Who wouldn’t want out?’: migrants deported to Haiti face challenge of survival

Many returned to a country they had not seen for years, and many are already plotting another escape as gang violence has left Haiti on the brink of civil war

When Reynold Joseph was deported from the US back to Haiti after five years in South America, he was unprepared for just how bad things had become in his homeland.

Outside a ramshackle guesthouse near downtown Port-au-Prince, where he and a dozen other deportees are staying, some goats were grazing on burning piles of rubbish, while drivers honked and cursed in a queue for petrol that snaked round the block. Each night, Joseph’s three-year-old son stirs in the sweltering heat, and bursts of gunfire ring out in the distance.

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