Port-au-Prince Is On ‘Lock-Down’ as Haiti Unrest Spreads to Cap-Haitien

People participate in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

How bad is “bad” in the Western hemisphere’s poorest nation? Haiti unrest has caused 189 injuries and 17 deaths so far, the National Human Rights Defense Network reports.

Aid workers cannot reach the populations they’re helping. Furthermore, For Haiti With Love’s Eva DeHart tells MNN there’s no immediate end to the crisis in sight. “Basically, the whole country is just upside-down,” she says.

“We’ve been down there 40 years [and] this is the worst we’ve ever seen it.”

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Why are Haitians protesting?

One common statement goes something like this: “desperate times call for desperate measures.” DeHart says many Haitians are frustrated and fed up with their bleak situation, so they’re taking action.

“They’re tired of having no fuel, having no water; they’re tired of having no food.”

Many Haitians blame President Jovenel Moïse for their crises “so, most of the protests are to get him out,” DeHart explains. “He (Moïse) says he’s not going; he’ll fight to the bitter end.”

As Haiti Sentinel reports here, some of Moïse’s supporters allegedly issued calls to a civil war last week.

Meanwhile, Moïse has been in hiding since the protests began three weeks ago. He made his first in-person appearance yesterday during an aid distribution on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the Associated Press reports.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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