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What happens next in Haiti? The Post’s correspondent answers your questions.

People gather to watch a soccer game at Square of Canapé Vert on July 23 in Port-au-Prince. (Joshua Lott/The Washington Post)

Haiti can’t catch a break. The country — the Western Hemisphere’s poorest — saw its president assassinated in July, adding political instability to rampant gang violence and a major coronavirus outbreak. In August, a major earthquake left more than 2,000 people dead and fueled a humanitarian emergency. Next came the tropical storm.

Now, this country of endless crises is turning to a familiar yet daunting task: Rebuilding. The Caribbean nation of 11 million became a symbol of the pitfalls of international humanitarian aid in the wake of a devastating 2010 earthquake. As Haiti wrestles with the damage from this year’s temblor, it is looking again to the international community for help — but hoping to avoid past mistakes. Complicating its future is a bitter power struggle between rival political factions as well as a worsening wave of kidnappings and violence.

What questions do you have about Haiti’s summer of crises? The Washington Post’s Anthony Faiola answered your questions on Wednesday.

Currently The Post’s South America and Caribbean Bureau Chief, Faiola joined the paper in 1994 and has reported for it from more than 50 countries on six continents. He was on the ground in Haiti in the aftermath of the presidential assassination as well as the earthquake. Here’s some of the questions he’s answered:

  • How will this impact U.S. relations with Haiti?
  • Why is the U.S. sending Haitian migrants back to Haiti?
  • What’s been the response from the United Nations?

Read the full transcript below.

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Teddy Amenabar and Claire Parker produced this Q&A.