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crisis in haiti

Haiti needs a miracle.

Haiti is currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis, with escalating gang violence and widespread instability. Over the past year, gang-related incidents have surged, with over 1,600 reported kidnappings and more than 2,000 killings, according to local authorities. Inflation has skyrocketed to over 25%, making basic necessities unaffordable for many. This economic strain has led to severe food insecurity, affecting nearly half of the population. The violence and economic hardships have displaced over 100,000 families, forcing them to flee their homes and seek refuge in increasingly overcrowded and unsafe conditions.

The situation in Haiti is dire, with the State of Emergency declared as the country struggles to maintain order and provide for its citizens. The healthcare system is overwhelmed, and access to clean water and sanitation remains a critical issue. Education has also been severely disrupted, with many schools closing due to security concerns. The infrastructure, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and subsequent natural disasters, is now further strained by the current crisis.

BUT GOD. Despite these overwhelming challenges, we at myLIFEspeaks believe in hope and the power of prayer. We are committed to working towards a better future for Haiti, trusting that God's grace can bring healing and restoration to this nation. We continue to pray for peace, stability, and the well-being of all Haitians, holding onto the belief that positive change is possible even in the darkest times.

Key Events and Developments

July 2018

July 2021

August 2021

  • The PetroCaribe fuel crisis ignites widespread unrest and causes a significant spike in inflation.

  • President Jovenel Moïse is assassinated in his home. Days Before His Death and he appoints Ariel Henry as the new prime minister of Haiti.

  • Ariel Henry assumes the role of prime minister.

  • A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Haiti.

2021 - 2024

  • Haiti has been without an elected official since the assassination of President Moïse.

  • Gang violence has surged, with gangs attempting to fill the power void and demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister.

February 2024

  • CARICOM: Prime Minister Henry pledges to hold elections by mid-2025, sparking protests in Haiti.

  • Kenya: Henry signs a mutual agreement for Kenyan troops to be deployed, inciting further protests.

  • Gang Leader’s Call: A leading gang figure calls for all gangs to unite and insists on Henry’s resignation, urging parents to keep their children at home.

March 2024

  • March 1: Henry signs a deal with Kenya to send 1,000 police officers to tackle gang violence.

  • March 2: Gangs attack two major prisons in Port-au-Prince, freeing nearly 4,000 inmates.

  • March 3: The government declares a state of emergency and enforces a curfew.

  • March 4: Gangs launch multiple attacks on the airport, causing all flights to be canceled.

  • March 5: Henry arrives in Puerto Rico and has been unable to return to Haiti.

  • March 10: Port-au-Prince is a war zone with gangs controlling over 80% of the city. People are fleeing, and residents from Cabaret are displaced to Bercy.

  • March 12: Prime Minister Henry announces he will resign once a Presidential Counsel is formed, though it has yet to be established.

April 2024

  • April 16: Members of the Transitional Counsel are appointed and are expected to take over when Prime Minister Henry steps down.

May 2024

  • May 23: U.S. Missionary couple and their Haitian Director were ambushed, gunned down and killed by gangs. 

  • May 28: Haiti’s 9 Member Transitional Council named Garry Conille the new transitional Prime Minister.

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What can you do?

PRAY

Above all, we ask you to pray fervently for the safety of displaced families and for our myLIFEspeaks staff who are feeling tired, discouraged, and defeated. Please pray for their endurance and strength as they face the hardships of daily life while continuing to serve.

Supporting so many vulnerable individuals requires substantial resources. If you feel moved to contribute to our ministry, please click the button below to join our efforts.

The world's awareness of this growing crisis is minimal. We need your help to amplify the voices of Haitian families in distress. Please share this message with your circle of influence to spread the word and encourage others to get involved.

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