AMERICA/HAITI - A missionary reports: "The population is losing hope, but we continue to proclaim Christ the Savior"

Wednesday, 2 December 2020 social situation   politics   poverty   corruption   violence   missionary institutes  


Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) - "The population is losing hope, there seems to be no way out, but as a Church we continue to proclaim Christ the Savior!" says the missionary, Father Renold Antoine CSsR, of the Redemptorist , who sent Fides his testimony of the situation in Haiti.
"For several months the country has been suffering from a dramatic situation in several ways", says the missionary. "Chaos and anarchy are spreading in the streets. Many companies across the country with half the workforce. Life in some places becomes impossible. Planned and spontaneous demonstrations from all sectors of Haitian society, occupy the streets of all the big cities of the country".
"There is widespread corruption and it is spreading like a cancer in the country. We are seeing an increase in robbery, organized crime and kidnapping. More and more armed groups are up to mischief in the slums".
"In recent days voices have been raised from all sectors to denounce the generalized insecurity that the country is experiencing and to ask the national government to take its responsibilities for the protection of the life and property of the people".
"Unfortunately we see that fear affects all sectors of the population".
"Many people lose hope, because there seems to be no way out this chaotic situation. As a local Church, we continue preach Christ our Savior. At the same time, we invite those responsible to work together to find suitable solutions in order to get the country out of this labyrinth, sinceno particular group can magically resolve this acute crisis that the country is going through.
As we have said several times, Haiti will be saved if there is a sincere dialogue in which all actors in the country take part and the collective interest comes first", concludes Father Renold Antoine CSsR.
The situation in the Caribbean country is deteriorating more and more. Two days ago Luis Abinader, President of the neighboring Dominican Republic, made the following statement on the situation in Haiti: "We cannot help Haiti, we are a country with too many problems to take care of another country which is the poorest. Indeed, it is not necessary to be an expert in international politics to believe that one developing state cannot take responsibility for another, let alone under the current circumstances. Haiti as a state has failed. This is mainly due to the short-term vision and individualism of its political class that makes no significant effort to promote collective progress. In addition, it lacks institutionality and legal certainty".
In a message at the conclusion of the Plenary Assembly, the Haiti Bishops' Conference also expressed concern about the reality of violence and called for change. In this context, the bishops invited all parishes to three days of "prayer, fasting and intercession for conversion and for the liberation of the country" from December 5th to 7th (see Fides, 1/12/2020). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 2/12/2020)