Rev. Jean Paul reports that Haiti has essentially been shut down for the past three days and remains so today (Saturday, February 9). The shutdown is caused by a deepening impasse between supporters and officials of the current government and growing opposition forces in the country. The main point of contention, which has prolonged the divisive situation since its beginnings last spring, is the continuation of current president, Jovenel Moïse. Etzer Emille, a Haitian economist, interviewed during nation-wide protests on Thursday, declared:
“The economic crisis is exacerbated by the dollar’s uncertainty, and with the rising price of commodities, the authorities risk losing their political authority,” Emile, 33, added. “President Jovenel Moïse and his government, which lacks support, lacks inspiration, lacks financial resources are facing the worst economic crisis since the global food crisis of 2008.” (Source: Miami Herald)
At this stage, schools, businesses, and many government offices in Haiti are closed. Jean reports that no one feels safe driving or traveling, even short distances. Virtually all of normal life is at a standstill around the nation as of today. Please be in prayer for our Haitian brothers and sisters and for the many challenges they face in the days ahead. Apparently, much of the impasse could be overcome if the sitting president would simply agree to resign. He is currently two years into his five-year term.
Photo Caption: A demonstrator draped in the Haitian flag holds up a copy of the Haitian constitution during a protest to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Dieu Nalio Chery AP