PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Marcel Cineus scanned the crowd for hints of a potential customer as people bustled past his wooden stall filled with hundreds of textbooks in the hills of Port-au-Prince.
School was supposed to start in early September, and Cineus by now would have sold a couple hundred books. But violent protests have shuttered public schools and businesses and left Haiti’s economy sputtering and inflation ballooning as the opposition demands the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.
As a result, Cineus sold less than a dozen books last month.
“Nothing is working with this president,” he said. “Some days I don’t have a single person buying a book. Zero.”
Cineus is now in debt with the wholesale company from which he buys b