Jérémie

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Jérémie
Jeremi
Jérémie (2007)
Jérémie (2007)
Jérémie is located in Haiti
Jérémie
Jérémie
Location in Haiti
Coordinates: 18°39′0″N 74°7′0″W / 18.65000°N 74.11667°W / 18.65000; -74.11667Coordinates: 18°39′0″N 74°7′0″W / 18.65000°N 74.11667°W / 18.65000; -74.11667
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Department Grand'Anse
Arrondissement Jérémie
Government
 • Mayor Ronald Étienne
Population (2003)
 • Metro 31,000
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
Cathedral of Jérémie (2006)
Centre of Jérémie (2006)
Jérémie (2007)
Jérémie (2007)
Centre of Jérémie (2007)

Jérémie (Jeremi in Kréyòl) is the capital city of the department of Grand'Anse, in Haiti, with a population of about 31,000 (2003 census). It is relatively isolated from the rest of the country. The Grande-Anse River flows near the city.

Jérémie is called the city of the poets because of the numerous writers, poets, and historians born there.

In 1964, during the Jérémie Vespers, the Haïtian army and the Tonton Macoutes massacred 27 people in Jérémie.[1]

In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, a food aid convoy transporting aid delivered to Jérémie Airport through Jérémie, encountered a hijacking attempt by 20 men, on 30 January 2010.[2] Medical supplies have also been airlifted through the airport, due to the increase in medical needs from injured refugees arriving in the wake of the quake.[3]

Roughly 40 nautical miles (46 mi; 74 km) west of the city lies Navassa Island, which is claimed by Haiti and the United States.[4]

Facilities[edit]

The city has an airport, Jérémie Airport. The Airport of Jérémie is known as the area of " Numero Deux". Mission Aviation Fellowship conducts charter flights into the airport.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

Monseignor Willy Romelus was the very well known bishop of the Department for a very long time. In 1986 he built a mausoleum at the exact place where the massacre of several families took plece in September 1964. Monseignor Willy Romelus is featured in Bernard Sansaricq's book: Le Pouvoir De La Foi". Le Pouvoir De La Foi, is the most complete book up to date on the Massacre that took place in Jérémie in September 1964. The book was published in Canada by www.editionsdumarais.ca (Author Bernard Sansaricq) Bernard Sansaricq was the elected Senator of the Department of La Grande Anse from 1991 to 1997.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bain de Sang, by 'Albert D. Chasagne
  2. ^ Newser, "Food convoy attacked by armed group in Haiti; UN warns of volatile security situation", Paisley Doods, 2 February 2010 (accessed 3 February 2010)
  3. ^ New York Times, "Volunteers Fly Supplies Into Hard-to-Reach Areas", Shaila Dewan, 4 February 2010 (accessed 4 February 2010)
  4. ^ Rohter, Larry (October 19, 1998). "Whose Rock Is It? Yes, the Haitians Care". Port-au-Prince Journal. New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2012.