Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, is in extreme civil unrest following the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, on July 7.
According to AP News, "Haiti’s economic, political and social woes have deepened recently, with gang violence spiking in Port-au-Prince, inflation spiraling, and food and fuel becoming scarcer in a country where 60% of the population makes less than $2 a day."
In addition, there's been a significant uptick in coronavirus cases and deaths, bringing the total to 19,172 confirmed cases and 467 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University covid-19 tracker. Health experts agree these are probably vast undercounts.
Haiti is one of a small number of countries globally that has yet to roll out a coronavirus vaccination campaign — and the only country in the Americas. It is difficult for medical and other supplies to enter the country. Haiti’s airports are closed to commercial traffic.
LCC received an urgent plea for help from mission partner Jackie Rychel, Ministry in Mission:
Our partners in Jacmel and other geographical areas are without a solution to get food, fuel, and necessary supplies delivered from Port-au-Prince. Gang violence is the latest prohibitor to any form of normal life in Haiti. The only road from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel is blocked, bringing business and employment to a halt because the roads are controlled by the gangs.
Now there is no responsible form of government after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7.
Pastor Marky Kessa has called on behalf of his community to ask for donations to purchase food. There is still rice and beans available in Jacmel markets, but it is costly and unaffordable to the general population.
PLEASE DIG DEEP INTO YOUR POCKETS TODAY. THIS PLEA FOR HELP IS CRUCIAL TO THE IMMEDIATE NEED FOR THE PEOPLE WE SERVE IN JACMEL, HAITI.
Please pray for LCC Haiti Mission partners to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
If you are so moved, please donate generously to help LCC provide food for the most vulnerable Haitians.