I am sure most of you have been keeping an eye on the Haiti situation. Up until recently, there was not much to report. The protests and demonstrations had been about par for similar uprisings in the past. However, in my past few conversations with Franceli he shared that the demonstrations are getting more intense and violent and are now moving to areas of the city much closer to him and his family.
Thankfully the Lavi Project medical team traveled safely home just one week before the major demonstrations broke out. We do not have any plans to send teams back to Haiti until the civil unrest is resolved.
The very oversimplified version of the current situation is that the people of Haiti have been repressed, oppressed, marginalized, brutalized, and subjected to the most corrupt government in the Western Hemisphere and they are letting their voices be heard.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the capital, Port-au-Prince, demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, who has been blamed for the country's economic woes after pledging to the people he would put an end to corruption and poverty if he was elected. Since his election nothing has changed, and in many ways, has gotten much worse. The cost of everything: food, water, gas and taxes, as well as many other staples, has in many cases tripled and quadrupled under Moise's rule.