|Break it down for us… What does this mean?
Since February 7th, 2019 the country of Haiti has experienced a state of unrest. The instability began back in October 2015, when the results of the “first round” of the presidential election were contested. Instead of having a second runoff election, the transitional government was put into power.
Not so fun fact: This was supposed to be for a short period of time
Oh, baby back up… What happened?
It was not until February 2017 that Haiti held its elections. President Jovenel Moise was elected with less than 20% turnout… In July 2018 a nationwide protest ensued over the PetroCaribe corruption scandal. The end of the Venezuelan oil contributed to a fuel crisis that has been going on over the past 7 months. Another protest happened this past November, but neither protest brought about change at the national level.
What does this have to do with things now?
As of February 7th, “Operation Lock Down Haiti” went into effect. The goal is to shut down Haitian life, hitting political, social, economic, educational and medical aspects. The opposition is demanding their President Moise resign because of government corruption, gas shortages, devalued the national currency and the spike in the cost of basic goods.
Oh, Gosh! Now what?
Well, over the past 11 days the protest has blocked major roads, businesses have been closed, schools have been closed and transferring money between banks is difficult. The shutdown is leading to nationwide suffering, which considering many in Haiti have little to live on during good times, just got much worse. The most frustrating part is that there has been little response or solutions from their President.
Please include in your prayers and thoughts all the Haitians for resolving hardships and resolving unrest. We will update you with further information once we find out.