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Pride & Protests – One Haitian’s View

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Haiti Ministry, Haiti News & History, Happening in Haiti | 0 comments

Pride & Protests – One Haitian’s View

Recent headlines have once again shed light on corruption and violence in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Rather than take our media’s interpretation of current events at face value, we asked a native Haitian—our partner Pastor Samuel Metelus—to explain it to us.

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Civil Unrest Brings Haiti to a Stand Still

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Community of Southern Haiti, Haiti News & History, Happening in Haiti | 0 comments

Civil Unrest Brings Haiti to a Stand Still

Perhaps you’ve heard about the protests crippling Haiti for the past week. Thousands of Haitians in every major city (and many small towns as well) are voicing their frustration over inflation, unemployment, corruption, and the government’s inability to respond to their basic needs. They have vowed to demonstrate and disrupt transportation and commerce until President Jovenel Moise resigns.   Regrettably, it’s not until the situation on the ground reaches this type of boiling point that most of us here in the United States hear...

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Haitian Novelists Reveal the Nuances of Haitian Culture and History

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Haiti News & History, Happening in Haiti | 0 comments

Haitian Novelists Reveal the Nuances of Haitian Culture and History

Since I’m always trying to learn more about the Haitian people and their culture (so as to better understand the community in which we do ministry), I often search out new sources of information. Recently, I came across a blog post written by James Ellsmoor, a contributor to Forbes. In it, he recommended 8 Haitian novels which shed light on Haitian culture, as understood by Haiti’s own native authors. Fortunately for me (and you!), these novels have been translated from their original language into English for all English-speakers...

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Haiti, Irma, and Climate Change

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Haiti Ministry, Haiti News & History | 0 comments

Over the past few days we’ve been asked repeatedly about Hurricane Irma’s affect on Haiti. Fortunately, Irma did not affect southern Haiti where Sam and his kids live. However, northern Haiti was impacted, though not to the extent that southern Haiti was impacted by Hurricane Matthew last year. For more, please read the article below, which appeared on the Center for Economic & Policy Research’s website. Haiti, Irma, Climate Change, and Priorities Written by Jake Johnston Published: 12 September 2017 At least one person...

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Haiti fears deportations will mean surge of child servants

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Haiti News & History | 0 comments

Haiti fears deportations will mean surge of child servants

The Trump administration is considering sending Haitians with TPS (Temporary Protective Status) in the United States back to Haiti in January 2018. The consequences could be disastrous. Following is an AP story about just one consequence of this decision.   By David McFadden | AP June 5 at 12:34 PM PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Watson Saint Fleur is 12 but he’s never attended a day of school. He’s toiled in hardship doing household chores and peddling plastic bags of drinking water along city streets noisy with motorbikes and trucks. He’s one...

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Six Things to Watch in 2017

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Haiti News & History, Happening in Haiti | 0 comments

Six Things to Watch in 2017

Within the next couple of weeks, we’ll be putting together another “Looking Forward and Looking Back” piece similar to the one we did last year, summarizing all that happened in Mariners’ Haiti Ministry in 2016. In the meantime, we encourage you to read the following post … Haiti in 2017: Six Things To Keep An Eye On. This post was originally published on the HaitiHub Blog on December 30, 2016. Link to Original Post The HaitiHub Blog is one of our favorite resources for cultural perspectives about Haiti. It was “launched in an effort to...

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What’s the Latest on the Election? Start Over.

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Haiti News & History | 0 comments

  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A special verification commission on Monday recommended throwing out the disputed results of Haiti’s first-round presidential election because it appeared to be tainted by fraud. Commission President Pierre Francois Benoit said there were far too many “zombie votes” and other problems in the Oct. 25 presidential balloting to be considered legitimate. He said some tally sheets from polling stations had fingerprints that appeared to be from a single person. “We recommend that the...

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Update on Haiti’s Presidential Election

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Haiti News & History | Comments Off on Update on Haiti’s Presidential Election

Update on Haiti’s Presidential Election

by Susan Watkins, Haiti Ministry Leader Will Haiti’s New President Be Sworn in February 7th as the Constitution Demands? On February 7, 2016, Haiti’s current president, Michel Martelly is constitutionally required to turn the government over to his successor (as he has reached his term limit). Problem is, there isn’t a successor … at least, not yet. The current presidential election cycle started in August 2015 at which time 54 candidates began campaigning for the country’s most influential position. Preliminary voting took place on on...

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Update: Border Crisis

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Haiti News & History | Comments Off on Update: Border Crisis

Update: Border Crisis

Back in June we shared with you the impending crisis between Haiti and the Dominican Republic where tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian decent faced potential deportation to a country not their own. Fast forward to today, and while no mass exodus has occurred, the Dominican Republic has already deported approximately 1500 people at a rate of 50-100 per day. Thousands more have fled on their own, “out of fear of arrest or harassment, scared by neighbors, bosses, coworkers and police or immigration officials,” [source]....

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Drought Makes Food Scarcer and More Expensive

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Haiti News & History | Comments Off on Drought Makes Food Scarcer and More Expensive

Drought Makes Food Scarcer and More Expensive

In a country wrought with economic and political instability, the Haitian people are fighting desperately just to survive. And now a drought is drastically affecting their ability to find food. According to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), nearly 600,000 of Haiti’s 10.4 million people already rely on international food aid to provide for their basic dietary needs, and the problem only continues to worsen. As the poorest country in the Americas, Haiti’s geographical location makes it especially vulnerable to natural disasters and...

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