Many churches still struggle to rebuild from the 2021 earthquake in Haiti, but escalating gang violence is turning the situation from “bad to worse,” church leaders say. Nevertheless, they believe hope is alive in Haiti.
In about two months’ time, the one-year anniversary of a tragic earthquake and presidential assassination in Haiti will have passed, and the state of the Caribbean nation appears to be even worse, or as Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami describes: “as bad as it’s ever been.”
Standing behind the podium as the second ever Haitian American to be appointed a bishop in the United States, Bishop-designate Jacques Fabre highlighted how the mindset of people in his native country differs from that of Americans, and how that relates to his new role.
The first in what is envisioned as a series of webinars took place Feb. 16 to discuss how faith-based organizations are working together to assist Haitian families seeking refuge and assistance in the United States.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 15 miles southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince, killing over 300,000 people, destroying more than 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings, and causing over $8 billion in damage.
Marcus Garcia was about to record an editorial at his Port-au-Prince radio station on Jan. 12, 2010, when the ground began to shake. It stopped moments later. Having never experienced an earthquake before, he thought that was it.
The 30,000 Haitian refugees who surged across the U.S.-Mexico border last summer fled an earthquake back home, but not the one that hit their homeland a few weeks earlier. The plight of these people actually began on Jan. 12, 2010 following an even more devastating quake near Port-au-Prince.
For Haitian Americans and immigrants, Jan. 12 is a solemn day of remembrance.
On New Year’s Day, Bishop Robert Brennan urged Haitian Catholics to keep embracing the Scriptures’ enduring messages of peace and joy.
A Haitian gang has released three more of the hostages it kidnapped from Christian Aid Ministries, while 12 remaining representatives of the Ohio-based missionary group approach the third month of their captivity.