In Haiti , the number of young people, especially women and girls, who report experiencing sexual and gender-based violence SGBV is alarmingly high, especially in the densely populated capital Port-au-Prince. Yet the issue is not widely discussed, and SGBV cases are likely underreported due to stigma and shame, as well as fear of reprisal from perpetrators or the community. At the same time, the services that are available for survivors, especially for minors under the age of 18 , are insufficient and inadequate. The vast majority of the more than 1, survivors of sexual violence who have been treated in the clinic are younger than 25 years, and more than half are minors.
The Pros and Cons of Dating Haitian Women
The bayakou of Port-au-Prince offer a solution to poor sanitation, yet few know what they do.
Homosexuality in Haitian Vodou is religiously acceptable and homosexuals are allowed to participate in all religious activities. Haitian Vodou itself has remained open to people of all sexual orientations. Vodou is an ancestral religion, and viewed by some Western anthropologists as an ecstatic religion. It is not a fertility-based religion [ citation needed ] see Fertility rites. This means that the majority of its members are not required by any religious law to reproduce, and homosexuals are not pressured to do so. In Haitian Vodou, male homosexuals are seen as under the protection of the Erzulie Freda , loa of love and beauty.
All rights reserved. This is Exilien Cenat. He is a bayakou, the Haitian term for laborers who empty latrines. I took his photo while he was cleaning out a pit toilet that served several families in Port-au-Prince.
The teeming tent city is the symbol of failure on every sort of scale. When you see young boys with guns tucked into their waist bands, you know something has gone wrong. When little girls are raped regularly and their families are unable to do anything about it, something has gone wrong.