As if Haiti doesn’t have enough to deal with, gang activity is now complicating earthquake relief efforts. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattled southern Haiti on August 14, and the death toll rose over the weekend to 2,200. At least 340 others are still missing.
Mission Aviation Fellowship is conducting emergency medical flights and flying in aid. But since the roads aren’t a great option for transporting relief, the need is overwhelming.
Dave McCleery with MAF says, “There’s gang activity that has affected Port-au-Prince, the capital, for a long time…. But specifically, the gangs have taken control of an area of Port-au-Prince that has closed the main road into the southern peninsula where this earthquake took place. And because of that, that whole area of Haiti has been cut off.
“When you’re talking that quantity of aid that’s needed, if the road access is cut off because of gang activity, that is a real concern. We can certainly fly needed cargo in, but it’s much more expensive and takes a lot longer than if it’s able to be accessed by road.”
The Haitian government recently negotiated with the gangs to leave the area and re-open the road.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for MAF to get more resources and personnel needed for relief efforts.
- Ask God to open the roads for relief to get through in Haiti.
- Pray for earthquake victims to find encouragement and peace in Christ.