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Annie Paul | Haiti secret citadel of the Caribbean

Ever since I started living in Jamaica in 1988, I’ve wanted to visit Haiti, but every time I expressed this desire, friends who know the country would say it’s a little volatile there right now, wait till things get better. And, of course, they never have, with 2010’s earthquake delivering the worst blow of the last three decades. So I never made the trip to the fabled island that is one of Jamaica’s closest neighbours until last week.

The Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) held its 41st annual conference in Port-au-Prince. Founded in 1974, the CSA, as it’s known, is an association of scholars working on the Caribbean Basin providing one of the only venues for scholars studying the region to “engage in collaborative endeavours, to exchange ideas, to meet each other, and to develop the field of Caribbean studies”.

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Source: The Gleaner