Haiti at Corona Time

Haiti slipped from a political lockdown to a corona lockdown. For two years now, one crisis situation has followed the other. The lockdowns do not replace each other, but also run in parallel, at least in the last three months. The government did not organize elections, so Parliament is no longer functional and President Jovenel…

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Haiti Threads Problems Like Pearls in Rosary

“…we are also resilient, creative and relentless faced with overwhelming challenges…” Dr. Rouzier Since my over 23 years involvement with Haiti, I have witnessed more disasters, both manmade and natural. I could not have imagined when I began this journey all that I have seen. I was in Haiti when President Aristide was deposed and…

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Haiti in Times of the Corona Virus

In January and February and up until March, Haiti suffered a tsunami of kidnapping. Nobody in Port au Prince felt safe, and nobody was exempt as a target by the kidnappers. Kidnapping in Haiti is part of a worldwide and age old disgrace, the abomination of taking another human being into bondage. A good friend…

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A Haiti left behind

October 3, 2019 I have now spent one week in the countryside. And I am seeing another Haiti, a Haiti a lot poorer than what I have ever imagined. Here people really do not have anything, only what nature allows them to have, like avocados, guavas, bananas, plantains, etc. There is hardly any commerce here,…

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Living from crisis to crisis

October 1, 2019  I am writing today from Jean Bellune, a small rural community about a 2-hour drive from Jeremie. I felt I had to leave Jeremie with all the demonstrations happening, because they make life so much more difficult. At the moment of this writing every town is “blocked”; that means it is almost…

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Easter 2019 – A Message from Fr. Rick

The Living Jesus and the Monk’s Alphabet Jesus had a way of looking at things that was very far from the ordinary, even contradictory to common sense. All of his careful teachings and powerful examples served the purpose of helping us to see clearly, to understand, and to discern as if our lives depended on it,…

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