I can not even pretend to understand what happened today. The longer we are here in Haiti the more complex these situations seem. Before you start reading… we are all safe and their was no problems around the guest house.
On top of everything that happened today – it has been the first dark day I have seen in a while. It also started to rain a bit today (which hardly ever happens). It makes this day kind of weird.
In everything – The most important thing is to remember to continue to pray for Haiti.
Outside the Heartline property there were some protests today. The picture below is one that John took while he was out there. He made it out at the property by going “though 2 barricades with no problem but had to talk my way though the 3rd one.”
This is first day that the building for the Men’s Discipleship program is being put up. The men working on the project successfully made it inside the property before the barricades went up. Yea!
Here is a clip from the following blog on one person’s perspective of the rumors and facts:
“A rumor that a ti machann (merchant) selling street food in the Delmas 33 area was arrested for having killed and cooked up an 8-year old child has turned our stomachs.
But, wait… how could she have been arrested when the national police are on strike?
Wait, wait… why would the police choose to go on strike precisely when paramilitary wannabes are occupying camps around the country and just last week forced entry to the grounds of the national palace?
Strike or no strike, at the end of the Haiti Diaspora Marathon yesterday (which was actually a half marathon with only a few diaspora), a police officer performed chest compressions and full-on mouth to mouth resuscitation on two still-breathing but collapsed runners. I imagine this was for the benefit of the TV cameras trained on him. Apparently our cop, who was outfitted in a lab coat and stethoscope, is also a doctor.
Speaking of doctors, President Martelly has just been discharged from a Miami hospital. Word on the street is that he was cursed by black magic and plop! landed in the hospital. Word in the news is that he had a pulmonary embolism. He hasn’t mentioned yet when he’ll be back in country.
Meanwhile, Haiti has been without a functional government since the prime minister resigned on February 24th, and elections have yet to be organized for municipal authorities or for the 1/3 of the Senate whose terms are about to expire.
If you told me there were elephants and zebras parading down Route Delmas right now, I would believe you (and probably just chalk it up to a Clowns Without Borders PR event).”
Things in Haiti are not always as the seem and sometimes you just don’t know the fiction from reality but thankfully our purpose in Haiti is not to figure out or investigate these events it’s to continue on the path of helping!