The Tap Tap is the local transport in Port au Prince, the capital of Haiti. As the country struggles with every cataclysm and curse known to a nation, it’s public transport system remains one of the beautiful in the world. How about that for a paradox?!
Tap Taps are decorated with a baffling mix of dazzling colours, geometric shapes, floral motifs, religious slogans and pop idols. Apparently there’s a workshop in downtown Port au Prince which is responsible for most of this bodywork. On my recent trip to Haiti, I was advised against visiting the place by my hosts, the UN World Food Program, because it’s in a ‘red zone’, which denotes maximum risk and danger of kidnapping. Our security advisor said that we’d need a military escort to go there. I didn’t have enough time to put one together. Next time I might just say ‘in God we trust!’.
Here are some Taps Taps I managed to snap during a half hour stop at a busy Port au Prince roundabout: