Peace be with you! We feel we must give you an update on the current situation in Haiti, especially what is happening in Jacmel. Many have been asking us about the effects of Hurricane Fiona. We only had strong winds and a bit of rain.
What Haiti needs now is our prayer and support. The demonstrations and violence are now country-wide, especially these past two weeks. People want the prime minister to leave office. Fuel prices are outrageous, and roads are blocked so no fuel can get anywhere in the country. People are looting, shooting, vandalizing, etc. The crisis of high fuel prices, no water, and no food have people taking to the streets. In another Diocese, north of Port au Prince, a convent and school were vandalized and looted. The same looting and destruction took place at Caritas International.
Every afternoon, we have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Each of us is taking an hour of prayer before the Lord to beg for mercy, healing, and resolution to the problems our people are facing.
The violence in Jacmel has escalated with the burning of the Electrical company and some major businesses. During these demonstrations, many are hurt and the city hospital is not functioning. We continue to be very vigilant.
Please pray for the children and young people who are frightened and suffering because of the violence everywhere.