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Feared and revered: Meet the King of Jacmel

He has built an empire delivering necessities in Jacmel. The city could not function without him, though many resent his success. Tour the home and businesses of Joel Khawly. To read the story, follow the link under the gallery.

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Joel Khawly and wife Sheila Khawly outside the home they built in Jacmel.

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Joel Khawly and wife Sheila manage phone calls while posing for a photo outside the home they built in Jacmel.

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Joel Khawly at home in Jacmel.

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Interior of Mr. Khawly's Jacmel home.

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Joel Khawly inside his homein Jacmel.

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Joel Khawly inside his Jacmel home.

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Mr. Khawly holds a photo of his father, Jacques Khawly, one of the city's most beloved mayors.

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Joel Khawly holds a photo of his mother, Maude Oriole Khawly, and him.

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Joel Khawly and Sheila Khawly pose for a photo outside the home they built in Jacmel.

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Joel Khawly takes a stroll on his property with his dogs following behind.

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Joel Khawly takes a call at home.

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Mr. Khawly speaks to two men at his gas station. He built his empire by delivering necessities here – gas, trucks, water, construction materials, motorcycles and currency exchange services.

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Mr. Khawly shows off some of his business interests, which include lumber and motorcycles.

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Joel Khawly works the phone in the office above his gas station.

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Joel Khawly gets a hug of thanks from young girls from an orphanage who were helping out at a restaurant where he was eating.

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Joel Khawly gets a hug of thanks from young girls from an orphanage who were helping out at a restaurant where he was eating.

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Joel Khawly works the payloader to clear a new construction site where he plans to build a small resort.

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Joel Khawly works the payloader to clear a new construction site where he plans to build a small resort.

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