How Political Unrest in Haiti Is Affecting Our Communities
In February of this year, we saw a rise in political unrest during our trip to visit our communities. Unfortunately, the situation in Haiti has only declined since then. The political climate has led to shortages in fuel and food, violence and inflation throughout the country and our communities are being affected.
“Today, I can tell you, we are living in a humanitarian crisis; it is not just Lavalas, the entire population is against Jovenel Moise and the rigged elections that delivered him to us,” said Pasha Vorbe, a member of the executive committee of the political party Fanmi Lavalas.
In recent news, on Friday, October 11th, a national protest of tens of thousands of people ignited as protestors demanded the resignation of President Jovenel Moise.
Jovenel Moise’s presidency began in 2017, and since then, the country believes he and other political leaders are misusing the countries resources and are therefore protesting against the legitimacy of the political system. The protests against the government and their political leaders are for accusations of corruption and incompetence. The citizens of Haiti desire a trial against the political leaders for justice, access to education, health, work, resources and security.
Among President Moise’s accusations is embezzling millions of dollars from the funds of the PetroCaribe energy loan program provided by Venezuela.
The country’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 27th, and the citizens of Haiti are hoping there will be a change in the political system.
One of the many factors affecting the country includes the closure of schools due to safety, which means our youth were not able to begin the school year in September. Dare Humanity has decided to create an opportunity for our students to stay current on their studies and continue learning. We have hired two teachers from Sonyen and Deluge, MiDieulène and Horliguens, to provide lessons twice a week until the schools are reopened.
We ask that you keep our communities and youth in your prayers during this devastating time.
If you would like to support our communities and youth at any capacity, it would be greatly appreciated.