I am headed back to Haiti in early 2016, with my youngest son and members of local Unitarian Universalist congregations—including my own, Wellsprings—so I have my eye on what’s going on there. And the news is not particularly good:
- The recent run-off for president was criticized as rigged, and led to street protests across the country. The leader of the group we work with in Haiti, Jean-Baptiste Chavannes, of the Peasants Movement of Papaye (MPP), was among the contenders, but he didn’t appear to fare well.
- The Dominican Republic is in the process of deporting as many as 500,000 people of Haitian descent.
I hope the country can hold fair elections and resolve the issues with its island neighbor—and that we can be assured of a safe trip in January.