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Understanding Unrest Spreading from Haiti’s Capital

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

If you haven’t already seen, further deterioration of the fractured Haitian government is being broadcast around the world. Here are a few resources to help you understand the current state of events:

Updated April 15, 2024

TRANSITION COUNCIL OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED

A month after announcing the formation, Caribbean leaders published a decree establishing the nine-member council on Friday, April 12th, with seven members awarded voting powers. 

SOURCE: NBC News


Updated March 22, 2024

TENSIONS RISE AS TRANSITION COUNCIL CONTINUES TO FORM

All members of the nine member Transitional Presidential Council have reportedly been selected based on statements in this Reuters article. It goes on to state that “as the council seemed to near completion, heavy gunfire was heard on Thursday near the National Palace off the Champ de Mars square in downtown Port-au-Prince, while people fled shootings in the capital’s Petion-Ville suburb.”

CHILDREN YEARNING FOR STABILITY AND EDUCATION

Children doing their best to survive on the streets speak about their everyday struggles and longings in this article from the Haitian Times, a leading voice in the Haitian-American community.

SOURCE: The Haitian Times, Reuters


Updated March 14, 2024

PRIME MINISTER ARIEL HENRY RESIGNS

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry officially announced his resignation on the evening of March 11 according to reports, like this news report from ABC. Transition of power will begin with “the creation of a seven-member transitional presidential council,” announced by leaders of the regional governing block Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM. According to the CARICOM chair, the council will operate by majority vote and “hold relevant and possible powers of the Haitian presidency during the transition period until an elected government is established.”

SOURCE: ABC


POLITICAL SITUATION

This Associated Press article explains the unraveling crisis: What is happening with the current political leadership and why gang violence is escalating.

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MULTINATIONAL INVOLVEMENT

In this article from the Miami Herald, you can find details about the international efforts to aid in de-escalation.

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IMPACT ON OPERATIONS

Thankfully, the rural areas we serve have yet to be affected to the level we are seeing publicized in highly populated Haitian communities, but operations in Jérémie, where we rely on access to resources and emergency medical services, have been delayed at times due to civil unrest.

This video from CNN reporters in Haiti shows unrest spreading from Port-au-Prince into nearby communities and how religious communion is a lasting connection to hope in the region.

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While people in our areas of operation have been physically unaffected, watching the uncertainty of their country’s future is a heavy emotional weight to bare. We pray for the cries of the suffering communities to be heard and acted upon swiftly during this difficult time.

When we cannot safely travel to Haiti, our organization serves as the bridge between you and our Haitian brothers and sisters. Together, we will continue to actively listen to the specific needs within their community and educate and support long-term, sustainable solutions.

SOURCES: Associated Press, CNN, Miami Herald


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