Five factors you must know about the current protests and turmoil in Haiti

Nii Ntreh December 09, 2019
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Protesters have been overwhelmingly young people. Photo Credit: AP

It is a generational disconnection

Haiti appears to be undergoing a redefinition of national priorities if demographic statistics are anything to go by. The country has a population of roughly 11 million and the bulk majority is under 59 years.

In 2010, a breakdown of age demographics put those under the age of 15 at over 36%. This means the younger generation that grew through the devastation of the 2010 crisis is now more than 1 in 3 Haitians.

Coupled with the factor of social media, Haiti seems to have reached a point where young people may no longer be ignored.

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