I had a chance to go to Haiti for 2 weeks for work / grad school research. It was my first time to Haiti and I was really awestruck by the disparity in infrastructure to what I had seen in other parts of the world. Folks were very friendly and upbeat despite the arduous living conditions. My team stayed on a compound that housed a church, medical clinic, and k through 6 school. There was live in staff that were mostly Haitian and several expats that help run the guest house for visiting medical teams and volunteer groups.
A neat thing for me was the large number of Toyota running around, I saw everything from FJ40 to the new 200 series. The roads at least in PaP are in pretty bad condition; while a 4x4 isn't necessary it certainly helps. I won't complain about pot holes stateside anymore.
UN Patrol in Port-Au-Prince. I think the water truck they were with had a flat so they were changing a tire.
From what I could tell a lot of Brazilian and Chilean troops. Also saw a number of UN troops from Japan / S Korea. The Sri Lanka's have largely pulled out.
A not totally bling out "tap tap", the Haitian version of a taxi. Basically any vehicle mostly old pick up trucks with sagging leaf springs act as taxis. You basically wave one down and to have them stop tap on the truck to get on / get off. Only a couple of gourdes for a short trip. (About 40 gourdes per 1 USD).
Neat UN truck with machine gun nest. Used to help maintain traffic order at this crazy intersection. Sometimes it's man and other times it's not, lol. Note guy doing a # on the truck. Kind of shows what he thinks of the UN, lol.
This road looks semi impassable but the stream isn't that deep. Wouldn't be bad in a 4x4; but in our Toyota Van can be a little tricky.
Most international aid groups used the 70/75 series LC. Very sweet looking ride and the smaller size helps navigate the crowded traffic in PaP.
A Toyota Previa fording a flooded street on the way to Leogone.
Market on the outskirts of PaP.
UN Nissan Patrol also a popular vehicle for NGO / governmental agencies; but not as frequently seen as the TLC.
Beginning of the VIP Convoy a 70/75 series. Haitian Police on motorbikes blocked traffic for like 10 minutes in both directions so they could pass through. Not sure who it was; maybe President Martelli?
Black 200 series w/ blacked out windows and hidden lights
Armed Jeep in the convoy. Sadly the Haitian Police usually are always in body armor / heavily armed.
Presidential Palace Ruins
The international game, lol.
At the airport in PaP, UN used a lot of non tracked vehicles. HUMVEEs were popular.
Nice red 60 series in the airport parking lot in PaP.
Hotel Olofsson Crest of Arms, famous place good food (salad was safe to eat and had clean ice / drinking water).
Not quite Autozone; but it got the job done. Battery in the Toyota van that we were using died so we had to get a new one. Borrow a battery from the local preachers toyota truck to go get a new one. Not a bad price for a new lead acid battery around 120 bucks for a AC Delco.
Another UN Humvee, with Japanese contingent.
In the same convoy as above with more UN troops.
More Brazilian UN Troops