Prominent Haitian group denounces violence and severe hardships facing Haiti

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Marleine Bastien

A prominent Haitian group here has strongly denounced the continued violence and hardships facing Haitians, saying it is also “gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in Port-au-Prince (the Haitian capital).”

Family Action Network Movement (FANM) said for a few days now, Haiti has been under ‘total lock,’ rendering the people hostage in their land.

“The country has undergone a complete meltdown of security, skyrocketing prices of fuel and other necessities, and a general lockdown, in which banks have closed, markets are stop and go, reliable access to funds and necessities has disappeared, collective transport has come to a halt, and people have seen their livelihood and even mere survival disrupted,” FANM executive director,” said Marleine Bastien told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

“Larger and larger numbers of people are demonstrating on the street, asking for change. Haiti is going through the worst crisis in recent history, “she said, adding that she has been receiving calls from family members in the US and Haiti asking for help.

“Right now, the country is under total ‘lock, peyi-a look. There was no fuel or food, and the cries of the Haitian people fell hollow amidst the international community’s deafening silence. Haiti needs help now.

“It needs security and safety from the ongoing violence. Otherwise, the people will continue to risk their lives in rickety boats to make it to the land of the free (America).”

At the same time, FANM’s political director, Paul Namphy, decries Joe Biden’s administration’s decision to continue deporting Haitians amidst the ongoing crisis.

“We reiterate our call to the Biden administration to provide haven and due process for people fleeing violence and grave human rights abuses in Haiti now,” he said.

Prominent immigration lawyer in Miami, Ira Kurzban, said the United States has “a moral obligation to stop the violence in Haiti.

“We have continued to support an autocratic, anti-democratic government there to the detriment of the Haitian people and over the objection of every major human rights organization and members of Congress. Support democratic leadership and end the violence,” he added.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Dr. Ariel Henry Tuesday appealed for “calm and reconciliation” in Haiti as the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country continues to be beset by acts of violence, crime, murders, and kidnappings, as well as a protest by opposition forces calling for his removal.

In a statement marking “Jour de Dessalines,” which commemorates the life of Jean-Jacques Dessalines on the anniversary of his assassination in 1806, Henry again appeals for calm in the country.

I take advantage of this day to launch a solemn appeal for calm and reconciliation for our nation, which is divided today. Let’s put aside our differences so that together, hand in hand, we can change our destiny,” he added.

Last Friday, the United Nations said that “violent civil unrest” in Haiti is hampering aid delivery to the country.

The UN said heavily armed violent gangs, which have taken over large swathes of the capital, regularly kidnap local people for ransom.

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