Fostering Peace in Port-Au-Prince: An Interview with Louis-Henri Mars

Louis-Henri Mars has seen it happen too many times: “For many kids in Haiti, violence is the norm. Let’s take ‘Jean’ growing up in a slum like Martissant. At age four or five he joins a kiddie gang, building homemade weapons with small rocks as bullets. His heroes are gang leaders like Barbecue and Ti Lapli. His mom, a single parent with four other kids, doesn’t have the money to send them to school. Jean makes pocket change by doing errands for the gangs—buying cigarettes, fetching their guns.