Archive for the ‘Reportage’ Category

Return to the Trembling Heart: Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince

Three months after the earthquake that devastated our neighbouring island of Haiti, 22-year-old Haitian writer/filmmaker Claudel ‘Zaka’ Chery takes FIRST on a short tour around Grand Rue, a main street running through the heart of the commercial district in Port au Prince.
Zaka is part of a collective of Haitian artists who have been chosen to [...]

Into the Trembling Heart: Five hours in Port-au-Prince

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – walking around in the rubble on Grand Rue, one gets the distinct feeling that people are putting on a brave face. Three months after the earthquake that took the lives of more than 200,000 people, life continues despite the indescribable destruction as its residents continue the painstaking process of rebuilding the [...]

Jamaica’s drought reveals more than a water problem

Like the rest of us you’re likely struggling with the current drought: bathing from water bottles and negotiating with water truck drivers. All at great cost and annoyance.

FIRST Moment: Buju Banton

The controversial singer/deejay Buju Banton is flanked by supporters outside the Half-Way-Tree courthouse in Kingston after being acquitted of assault charges. (2004)

Downtown shootout: Jamaica on edge

The country was on edge yesterday as rumours started lighting up, first on cellphones, and then the radio, of a shootout in Denham Town, West Kingston. The speculation was wild: had Jamaican security forces finally made a move for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in neighbouring Tivoli Gardens?
Everyone was nervous. While we shrug at the daily list [...]