Petit-Goâve celebrates its 350 years with peace and pride

Faced with a 350 year landmark anniversary coming up, the city of Petit-Goâve, at the end of last year, breathed a sigh of relief when the efforts of various security groups on-rolled a plan that put paid to the unrest and lawlessness that had threatened the old, dignified town.


Realizing the point of pride 350 years brought to the residents, the coastal city's mayor, Sandra Jules, welcomed the initiative orchestrated by the country's National Police and the United Nation's peacekeeping mission to eradicate the gangs bringing havoc to the city in time for their anniversary celebration. In this they were successful; the large of number of deployed anti-riot police was able to weed out the gangs who were robbing motorists along the course of National Road 2, killing police and generally terrorizing the city.

The town also garnered the attention of the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, who visited the city with his cabinet members and administrative members of the police force. On the visit, residents aired their issues with the aim of contributing to the ongoing plans for the city.

The city celebrated its anniversary with a three day celebration, beginning on a Friday, throughout which many events showcasing history, Haitian society and culture were put on. A guest of honor to the ceremonies was Haitian-Canadian author, Dany Laferrière, whose honor in the French language, with his election into the French Academy, makes him one of the world's 40 authorities on the language. Since Petit-Goâve is his hometown, Laferrière felt it best to celebrate both events as one with a visit.

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