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A Sobering Update From Haiti

More people have been killed in Haiti since the start of this year than in the whole country of Ukraine despite the ongoing war with Russia

According to the UN

The acting Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, who has held the president’s place since his assassination in 2021 stepped out of the country for a meeting in Kenya two weeks ago. This meeting was supposed to set a multi-national lead force to occupy Haiti in motion with the intent of combating gang strongholds and establishing a new government.

No date has been given as to when this will actually happen. And hopes are low that it ever will. On the ground in Haiti very few locals have any faith in this force actually helping the situation and generally fear outside involvement because of major abuses with past occupations.

Since PM Henry left Haiti, hundreds of armed gangs who terrorize the nation have banded together to keep him from returning. They plan to set up their own government and have chosen two primary leaders to accomplish this. One of whom was just deported to Haiti after a long unjust imprisonment in the US on false drug trafficking related accusations.

Current Lockdown

Not only is the US embassy in Haiti in lockdown mode and any US citizens in Haiti on their own, virtually everything nationwide is shut down as the streets grow increasingly dangerous.

Hospitals, markets, and schools have closed doors leading to high death tolls and increasing hunger, especially in the capital of Port Au Prince (just 25 miles from Espwa Demen’s main village of operations).

In all of Port Au Prince only one major hospital (Doctors Without Borders) is still open to treat victims of street violence. Even so they are out of oxygen, blood, and running low on other life saving medical supplies. Over these past few weeks 70+ gun shot wounds were treated at this location.

The airport has suspended operations and sitting planes on the runway have been blasted full of bullet holes. No commercial airlines are able to land in Haiti or depart from Haiti’s primary airport. Because of this, even those with approved humanitarian visas under the new program are able to leave the country.

The DR border is closed and surrounding countries near Haiti are blocking up their sea borders for fear that desperate Haitians will take to the sea by boat to leave their hellish situations. The major sea ports in Haiti are also shut down after gangs took them over yesterday stopping the flow of humanitarian food, water, and shelter supplies.

The united group of gangs who are currently ruling the capital have attacked a number of police stations burning them to the ground and broke down at least two major prisons. These prison breaks freed 4,000+ prisoners. Upon escape many are joining the gangs who freed them forming an army to further take over the country. 

30,000+ people have been displaced and forced to flee their homes, leaving everything behind. Our area is seeing an increase of homeless on the streets and criminal activity that the police, so far, have been able to combat and keep our friends/family safe.

G-9 Gang Statement and the US Government

The leader of the gang heading off this band of a rouge government resistance force known as Barbecue said in a press release this week;

“We will fight Ariel Henry to the death. We will fight until he resigns so that we can achieve the Haiti that we want. Haiti is headed towards a genocide. If the international community, especially the US, Canada, and France continue to support Ariel Henry they will lead us into a civil war that ends in genocide. Then they will be responsible for all the lives lost in Haiti.”

Jimmy Cherizier

There is no simple answer. These same gangs that promise to free the people of Haiti from the oppression of the corrupt government (if you can even call what is ruling Haiti a government at all) are the ones perpetrating great violence on them in the meantime.

At the same time the US government is constantly dipping their hands into Haiti when it is in their interest and ignoring pleas for help when they are actually wanted/needed. Some political figures in the US are starting to admit that we have failed to make good choices when it comes to Haiti. Such as the former US/Haiti ambassador who said this week, “we’ve really messed up in backing Prime Minister Ariel Henry from the start, we should never have supported his government which nearly all Haitians opposed.”

The US thankfully have denied the request from Ariel Henry to help him get back into Haiti and retake his seat of power. Instead they have provided him with refuge in Puerto Rico and are urging him to set up a temporary 3 person government in his stead in Haiti. So far he refuses to give up his power.

How Can You Help?

While any sort of help we can offer in this current state of crisis seems like just a drop in the ocean of need, we will continue to support our Haitian community in ways that we can.

It’s a dire situation. Over the past two weeks Espwa Demen has been contacted by many of the families that we assist in Haiti and our partners in the area. Trauma is building by the day.

Gunfire rings throughout the night and no one sleeps. Children cower fearfully in their homes. Funerals are often and burial is rushed with bodiless caskets when the gangs refuse to relinquish the bodies of family members they kill inside their growing territories. No where is safe anymore.

Haiti needs prayer. Espwa Demen needs prayer. Your sponsor child needs prayer. Please do not stop praying friends!

If you want to help in a physical practical way we are taking up an emergency fund to send down to families in dire need within our ministry. Our partners will purchase food staples in bulk and provide each family with a few weeks of food to tide them over while they are forced to live without an income.

Assisting with this need will cost modestly about $100 per family. So let’s see where the Lord takes this!

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God Bless Friends!

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Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017.  Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life! 

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